Top Ten Soft Matter Article
3 August 2011
Cardiff academics Drs Pete Griffiths and Alison Paul, in collaboration with Dr Dave Adams at Liverpool, are utilizing small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) to elucidate the structure-activity relationships between the nano- and macro-scale structures of novel self-assembling protein gels. Self-assembling architectures are driving the nano-revolution, in which the molecular or chemical structure of individual building blocks is engineered to define the architecture of a structure many times bigger than that of the original building block. Characterising these structures requires imaging capabilities dependent on very short wavelength radiation, typically neutrons or X-rays. For more information on this work, or details on how scattering may be used to characterise such structures, please click on the following links.