University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext 32215
Fax: (519) 746-8115
Fire restoration work is expected to continue into late August. The main stairwell and office wing on both second and third floors of the Physics building will be closed until necessary repairs to the main stairwell are completed.
Administrative offices have been relocated to PHY 345.
Please contact individual faculty members to request appointments, as many faculty have been relocated during this process.
Please do not cross any caution tapes whilst in the building.
Neutron Sciences Directorate
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Refreshments in PHY 313 starting at 3:30 pm
Neutrons are uniquely sensitive to protium and hydrogen’s other stable isotope, deuterium. This differential sensitivity to hydrogen and deuterium makes neutrons especially useful for the study of hydrogen-rich biological materials. For example, the judicious substitution of hydrogen for deuterium enables researchers to selectively tune which parts of a biological system are “seen” by neutrons. In other words, one can highlight or nullify the scattering from particular parts of, for example, a protein, a drug delivery system, or even an entire living cell. Importantly, this molecular focus is achieved through isotopic substitution rather than the use of extrinsic probes, which in certain cases are known to induce structural artifacts. During the seminar, I will discuss how we combine neutrons, computer simulations and sample development to address current issues in the areas of soft materials and model membranes.