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Comprehensive phonon “map” offers direction for engineering new thermoelectric devices
— To understand how to design better thermoelectric materials, researchers are using neutron scattering at SNS and HFIR to study how a compound known as AgSbTe2, or silver antimony telluride, is able to effectively prevent heat from propagating through it on the microscopic level.

Neutron Imaging Explored as Complementary Technique for Improving Cancer Detection
— Today’s range of techniques for detection of breast and other cancers include mammography, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, positron emission tomography (PET), and optical imaging. Each technology has advantages and disadvantages, with limitations either in spatial resolution or sensitivity.

Neutron Reflectometry Helps Clarify Particle Interactions for Clean Drinking Water
— Although water is plentiful on our planet, it carries dissolved and suspended matter that must be removed to produce drinking-quality water. Aggregation, filtration, flotation, and sedimentation of particles are some of the engineering processes now used to treat water. These processes are governed by the interaction of particles with solid-liquid or gas-liquid interfaces.

Energy and Environmental Solutions Under Our Feet
— A mix of neutron scattering techniques helps resolve critical problems of confining greenhouse gases and extracting methane.

Former User Group Chair Enthusiastic About Relevance of Neutron Scattering to Industrial Research
— The drive is intensifying to encourage research partnerships between Neutron Sciences and private industry.

 
 
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