Dr. Simon A. J. Kimber (ICB) will give a lecture entilted "Curiouser and curiouser: Insights into materials chemistry using advanced scattering techniques"
Abstract: In this seminar, I will introduce my I-Site funded group in the ICB laboratory, which focuses on x-ray and neutron scattering. Using examples from my time at the ESRF synchrotron and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, I will highlight the utility of these techniques for materials chemistry. In particular, I will show how developing in-situ methods gives insight into e.g. mechanochemical synthesis , heterogeneous catalysis  and nanoparticle solvation . Moving forward, I will describe how our current research is providing tools for molecular speciation in the solvated state. In particular, I will describe the utility of pair distribution function analysis for tracking photo/electro chemical processes, and the nucleation/growth of pharmaceutically active oxo-clusters. Time allowing, I will highlight the ability of neutrons to shed light on processes occurring in exotic non-aqueous reaction systems, such as molten salts.
 Friscic et al, Real time and in-situ monitoring of mechanochemical reactions, Nature chemistry 5 (1), 66 (2013). See also: Nature Protocols 8 (9), 1718 (2013) , Nature Communications 6, 6662 (2015).
 Jacques et al, Pair distribution function computed tomography, Nature communications 4, 2536 (2013).
 Zobel, Neder, Kimber, Universal solvent restructuring induced by colloidal nanoparticlesm Science 347 (6219), 292-294.