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2017 nSoft Annual Meeting

Meeting attendees listen to n soft director Ronald Jones

The 2017 Annual meeting of the NIST nSoft Consortium was held on October 25-26, 2017 at the NIST Center for Neutron Scattering. Participation in the meeting included researchers from member companies Amgen, Aramco North American Services, Dow Chemical, Genentech, L'Oreal, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Procter & Gamble, Regeneron, Solvay, and Toyota. Non-member companies attending included Colgate Palmolive, Chevron, Corning, Eastman Chemical, and ExxonMobil. For the first time, the meeting expanded to a 2 day event, with the first devoted to hands-on training sessions and the second day devoted to presentations and business of the consortium (Agenda below).  Member companies participated with both on-site represtantion and remotely through the nSoft webinar portal. Non-members could only participate on-site. The meeting also featured posters from research efforts across the NIST campus and ongoing collaborations. Members participated in a tour of the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology.

October 25, 2017 (Wednesday)

October 25 - Training Session I - Neutron Reflectometry - NCNR, Room K-04/A October 25 - Training Session II - Computational Approaches to Neutron Scattering - NCNR, Room K-04/B
10:30am – Charles Majkrzak – Introduction to neutron reflectometry 10:30am – Boualem Hammouda – Theoretical Concepts in Neutron Scattering of Polymers and Soft Materials
11:15am – Brian Maranville/David Hoogerheide – Tour of the neutron reflectometers (NG7 Horizontal, MAGIK, PBR, CANDOR) 11:15am – Tyler Martin – The Polymer Reference Site Interaction Model (PRISM)
12:00pm – Ron Jones – Lunch at Dogfishhead Alehouse (all attendees will go together) 12:00pm – Ron Jones – Lunch at Dogfishhead Alehouse (all attendees will go together)
1:30pm – David Hoogerheide – Sample environments and sample preparation for neutron reflectometry 1:30pm – Tyler Martin – PRISM continued
2:00pm – Brian Maranville – Models and Fitting software for neutron reflectometry 2:30pm – Susan Kreuger/Joseph Curtis – SASSIE, a computational platform and tool for scattering data prediction and interpretation
4:00pm – Ron Jones (all participants together) 4:00pm – Ron Jones (all participants together)



October 26 - nSoft Members Meeting
08:30 – Registration and Coffee
09:00 – Welcoming Remarks – Mike Fasolka, Acting Director, NIST Material Measurement Laboratory
09:15 – NCNR Update – Dan Neumann, Leader, Condensed Matter Science Group, NIST Center for Neutron Research
09:35 – Review of nSoft activities in 2017 – Ronald Jones, nSoft
10:00 – Poster Session I (coffee and light snacks)
10:30 – Advances in neutron/X-ray imaging of Shale gas deposits – Wei-Shan Chan, Aramco/University of Delaware
11:00 – Using Neutron Scattering and Gel Fracture Mechanics to advance drug delivery - John Bachert, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare
11:30 – Lunch at NIST Cafeteria (Shuttle provided)
12:45 – Tour of the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST)
01:30 - The new Reference Site Interaction Model tool for modeling complex neutron scattering data - Tyler Martin, nSoft 
02:00 – Design and development of the new environmental cell for SANS/Reflectivity – Bradley Frieberg, nSoft
02:30 – Update on the NIST microRheoSANS for extreme shear of complex fluids/polymers – Kathleen Weigandt, nSoft
03:00 – Poster Session II (light snacks)
3:45 – Participant discussion – “Software Tools: Challenges in adopting NIST products for data analysis, computation, and data transfer 
4:30 – Planned priorities and updates on the consortium for 2018 – Ronald Jones, nSoft
5:00 – Wrap up and End of Meeting

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Created September 29, 2017, Updated October 27, 2017