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2013 nSoft Annual Meeting


The 2013 nSoft Consortium Annual Meeting will provide current and potential members of the nSoft consortium a venue to review current activities of the consortium, discuss new routes to achieve impact in manufacturing of soft materials, and provide members with a chance to view equipment and technology advances at the NIST Center for Neutron Research.


NCNR (Building 235), Room K04B

8:30am –------------------------ Light Breakfast and Coffee -------------------------------- 

8:55 – Welcoming Remarks - Ronald Jones, nSoft Director

9:0 – MML Update – Eric Lin, Chief, Materials Science and Engineering Division, NIST

9:15 – NCNR Update – Dan Neumann, Leader, Condensed Matter Science Group, NCNR

9:25 – Programs at NIST to Advance US Manufacturing – Roger Kilmer, Chief Manufacturing Officer, NIST

9:45 – Year one of nSoft – Ronald Jones, nSoft/MSED

10:15 -----------–------------ Coffee Break and Poster Session ------------------------------

10:45 – Ion and water transport through membranes with elastic and inelastic scattering – Kirt Page, nSoft/MSED

11:15 – Protein adsorbtion/desorbtion and particulate formation at solid/liquid and liquid/air interfaces – Tatiana Nanda, nSoft/UDel

11:45 – Shear and non-shear flow of fluids using neutron scattering – Kathleen Weigandt, nSoft/NCNR

12:15pm –--------Lunch at NIST Cafeteria (not provided in registration)------------------

1:15 – Tour of NCNR facility and nSoft operations

1:45 – GUEST SPEAKER: "Advances in characterization of Polymer Blends and Colloidal Particles" – Charles Han, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

2:30 – Probing the interlamellar amorphous phase in semicrystalline polymers using vapor flow and neutron scattering – Amanda McDermott, nSoft/MSED

3:00pm –-------------------- Coffee Break and Poster Session -------------------------------

3:30pm Opportunities with U. Delaware: Center for Neutron Science and Center for Molecular Engineering Thermodynamics – Norman Wagner and Eric Furst, University of Delaware

4:00 – From Sustainable agriculture to Batteries: Advances in neutron imaging at the NCNR – Daniel Hussey, Physical Measurement Laboratory, NIST

4:30 – Characterizing the next generation of macromolecular chemistries and architecture – Kate Beers, Leader, Sustainable Polymers Group, MSED

5:00 – Year two of nSoft – Ronald Jones, nSoft/MSED

  • Sliding plate high temperature, high pressure shear cell for fluids and melts
  • Neutron metrology for interaction chromatography and the characterization of emerging macromolecular architectures
  • In situ lyophillization with SANS, imaging, and inelastic neutron scattering
  • Discussion on future directions

5:30 – End of Meeting

Security Instructions:

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.


Start Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2013
End Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Location: 235/K04
Audience: Industry
Format: Conference


Materials Science and Engineering Division, MML, NIST

NIST Center for Neutron Research

University of Delaware


Registration fees are $85/person

Registration includes a light breakfast, coffee breaks, and credentials to enter the NIST campus

For questions and guidance, please contact Ron Jones at ronald.jones@nist.gov, or 301-975-4624.



A list of hotels nearby the NIST campus can be found at:


Technical Contact:

Ronald Jones, nSoft Director

Polymers Division, NIST