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NCNR 50th Anniversary

To celebrate the achievements and illustrious lifetime of the NCNR.


The NIST Bureau of Standards Reactor is celebrating its 50th anniversary of going critical on December 7, 2017.  It has had a long and distinguished  history of providing neutrons to the scientific community and has established itself as a leader in the global enterprise of neutron science.  The NCNR is now poised for continuing the legacy long into the future.  This symposium is to recognize the accomplishments of those who worked closely with the facility as well as celebrating the potential science that will be emerging from the facility in the future.  The symposium will last from the morning of December 7th and continue into the afternoon on the 8th.  There will be a reception dinner the evening of the 7th at the Gaithersburg Marriott--Washingtonian Center.




Center for Neutron Research 50th Anniversary Symposium
Center for Neutron Research 50th Anniversary Symposium

Agenda (Printable PDF) Updated 12/4/17

 December 7, 2017

 8:30 - 9:00 AM


 9:00 - 9:05 AM

 Robert Dimeo, NCNR Director

 Welcoming Remarks

 9:05 – 9:10 AM

 Walt Copan, NIST Director

 9:10 – 9:40 AM

 Dan Neumann, NCNR
 Neutrons at NIST

 9:40 – 9:50 AM

 G.X. Tessema, National Science Foundation
The Center for High Resolution Neutron Scattering: A Successful Model of Interagency Partnership

 9:50 – 10:10 AM

 James Rhyne, Department of Energy
 The NCNR Years: A Career-Launching Opportunity

 10:10 – 10:30 AM

 Andreas Magerl, Universität Erlangen-Nurnberg
 Learning Neutron Scattering at NIST

 10:30 – 11:00 AM


 11:00 – 11:20 AM

Collin Broholm, Johns Hopkins University
Exploring Quantum Materials Through High Efficiency Cold Neutron Instrumentation at the NCNR

 11:20 – 11:40 AM

 Lilo Pozzo, University of Washington  

 Tickling Soft Matter: Manipulating Materials with External Fields

 11:40 – 12:00 PM 

 Mike Hore, Case Western Reserve University

 Small-Angle Neutron Scattering from Cyclic and Mechanically-Interlocked Polymers

 12:00 – 12:20 PM

 Tom Newton, NCNR
 The Future of the NCNR Neutron Source: An Exploration of Options

 12:20 – 1:30 PM


 1:30 – 1:50 PM

 Megan Robertson, University of Houston

 SANS Investigations of the Thermodynamics of Polymer Mixtures

 1:50 – 2:10 PM

 Mas Subramanian, Oregon State University

  The Role of Neutrons in Colorful Materials World: Heat Reflecting Blue Pigments and Beyond

 2:10 – 2:30 PM

 Mathias Loesche, Carnegie Mellon University
 Neutron Scattering in Structural Biology: The Best is Yet to Come!

 2:30 – 2:50 PM 

 Carlos Lopez-Barron, ExxonMobil
 Neutron Science at ExxonMobil

 2:50 – 3:10 PM

 Frank Bates, University of Minnesota
 Neutrons and Polymers: A Marriage made in Gaithersburg

 3:10 – 3:40 PM 


 3:40 – 4:00 PM

 Kai Liu, University of California, Davis
Polarized Neutron Reflectometry Investigations of Artificially
Structured Nanomagnets

 4:00 – 4:20 PM

 Ron Jones, nSoft
 nSoft: How We Learned to Love, and Advance, Industrial Research

 4:20 – 4:40 PM

 Dick Lindstrom, NIST
 Radioanalytical Chemistry @ NBSR

 4:40 – 5:00 PM

 Ron Bishop, Smithsonian
The NIST-Smithsonian Partnership:  Four Decades of Archaeological Neutron   Activation

 5:00 – 5:20 PM

 Leslie Ruppert, U.S. Geological Survey
Using Neutron Scattering to Answer a Fundamental Question in Petroleum Geology -  How Do Fluids Move Through Tight Rocks?

 5:20 – 6:30 PM 


 6:30 PM
 7:15 PM


Gaithersburg Marriott, Washingtonian Center


 December 8, 2017

 9:00 - 9:20 AM

 Rob Briber, University of Maryland
 NCNR/UMD Research Interactions - Soft Matter and Beyond

 9:20 - 9:40 AM

 Norm Wagner, University of Delaware
 Making Complex Fluids Less Complex to Understand Using Rheo-SANS

 9:40 – 10:00 AM

 Tom Trabold, Rochester Institute of Technology
“Neutrons Don’t Lie!”: The Transformational Role of Neutron Imaging in Fuel Cell   Science and Technology

 10:00 – 10:20 AM

 Fred Wietfeldt, Tulane University
 Neutron Decay Experiments at the NCNR

 10:20 – 10:50 AM


 10:50 – 11:10 AM

 Matt Helgeson, University of California, Santa Barbara

 Reflections on Pushing the Limits of SANS for Soft Matter - Past, Present and Future

 11:10 – 11:30 AM

 Jeff Long, University of California, Berkeley 
 Neutron Diffraction Studies of Gas Adsorption in Metal-Organic Frameworks

 11:30 – 11:50 AM

 Stephen Wilson, University of California Santa Barbara
Catalyzing Discovery in Quantum Magnets: The Power of Partnering with the NCNR and its Scientists

 11:50 – 12:10 PM 

 Young Lee, Stanford University

 A Journey into the Science of Quantum Magnets at the NCNR

 12:10 – 12:40 PM 

 Mike Rowe, NCNR
 Final Remarks


 NCNR Facility Tour (Optional)


Gaithersburg Marriott - Washingtonian Center
 9751 Washingtonian Boulevard,  Gaithersburg  MD  20878

Rate available 12/06/17 to 12/10/17 for $201.00 USD/Night.
Book by November 8, 2017

Book your group rate for NIST NCNR 50 year Symposium Room Block


If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site. Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.

NON U.S. CITIZENS PLEASE NOTE: All foreign national visitors who do not have permanent resident status and who wish to register for the above meeting must supply additional information. Failure to provide this information prior to arrival will result, at a minimum, in significant delays (up to 24 hours) in entering the facility. Authority to gather this information is derived from United States Department of Commerce Department Administrative Order (DAO) number 207-12. When registration is open, the required NIST-1260 form will be available as well. *New Visitor Access Requirement: Effective July 21, 2014, Under the REAL ID Act of 2005, agencies, including NIST, can only accept a state-issued driver's license or identification card for access to federal facilities if issued by states that are REAL ID compliant or have an extension.Click here for a list of alternative identification and further details>>

Created September 29, 2017, Updated December 2, 2019