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John White awarded the 2015 AONSA Prize

At its Executive Committee Meeting held in Serpong, Indonesia on October 16, 2014, the Asia-Oceania Neutron Scattering John WhiteAssociation announced that the receipient of the 2015 AONSA Prize will be Prof John White of the Australian National University, and a former Director of the ILL (1981-1982).

The citation for the Award reads: 'For his seminal contributions to the use of neutrons in understanding molecules at interfaces, molecular crystals and self-assembly, for his visionary leadership in establishing the Asia-Oceania neutron scattering community and state-of-the-art neutron facilities including OPAL, and for his devoted mentoring of young scientists.'

Read the Press Release here.


12 November 2014

XVI International Conference on Small-Angle Scattering

The 16th International Conference on Small-Angle Scattering will be held at the Technische Universität Berlin between Sunday 13th and Friday 18th September, 2015. For further details see the conference website .


02 October 2014

Small Angle Scattering Special Issue of JAC

To celebrate International Year of Crystallography 2014, the IUCr Journal of Applied Crystallography has released an Open Access Special Issue on the state-of-the-art in SAS, covering the fields of application, theory, methods of analysis and instrumentation. Articles are drawn from highlights of the SAS-2012 International Conference on SAS held in Sydney and published between October 2013 and February 2014.


24 February 2014


New Book on Solution Small-Angle Scattering from Biological Molecules

Small Angle X-Ray and Neutron Scattering from Solutions of Biological Molecules is the title of a new book by Dmitri Svergun, Michel Koch, Peter Timmins & Roland May.

The book is published as an IUCr Text on Crystallography (#19) by Oxford Science Publications, part of OUP (

ISBN 978-0-19-963953-3


01 January 2014


Otto Glatter is awarded the 2013 Overbeek Gold Medal 

Otto Glatter is awarded the medal for his lifelong contributions to the development of scattering techniques and their application to colloidal systems.

For more information please see


20 November 2013 


New Book on Particle Characterisation by SAS Techniques

Particle and Particle Systems Characterisation: Small-Angle Scattering (SAS) Applications is the title of a new book by Wilfried Gille due to be published by CRC Press at the end of November.

Aimed at students and experts alike, it incorporates an exercise chapter and Mathematica programs.

For further details, see Use the discount code EZL19 to save 20%.


18 November 2013



Joe Zaccai awarded the 2013 Walter Hälg PrizeProfessor Joe Zaccai

The selection committee for the 2013 Walter Hälg Prize is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2013 Walter Hälg prize is  Professor Joe Zaccai.
The committee has awarded Prof. Joe Zaccai the prize in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the application of neutron scattering to a range of biophysical and biochemical problems in biology, which has provided important insights in the debate on the relationship between molecular structure and dynamics and biological function, and for his leading advocacy of the role of neutron scattering in biological research.
For more information please see

28 June 2013


Jeff Penfold awarded the 2013 Rideal LectureshipJeff Penfold

The Society of Chemical Industry and the Royal Society of Chemistry have jointly awarded their 2013 Rideal Lectureship to Professor Jeff Penfold of the STFC ISIS Pulsed Neutron & Muon Source and Oxford University. The Rideal Lectureship commemerates the great English physical chemist, Sir Eric Rideal FRS, whose work had such impact on the fields of electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, catalysis, electrophoresis, colloids and surface chemistry.

Jeff’s work has been highlighted because of his major scientific contributions to surfactant, colloid and interface science. He and John Hayter were the first people to formulate a strategy and the necessary analytical methods for the quantitative interpretation of neutron small angle scattering data from micellar solutions (indeed these methods are still the main ones used today). Second, with colleagues at Unilever plc, Jeff has pioneered the development of shear-flow methods in conjunction with small angle scattering. And thirdly, Jeff has played a major role in both the instrumental and methodological development of neutron reflectometry, now widely used for studying interfaces of all kinds.

18 March 2013


New Versions of FibreFix

FibreFix is a well-established software package for the processing of fibre diffraction (and similarly oriented) data. It provides a platform integrating several programs. Two new versions of the package have just been released, one for Windows 7 and higher operating systems (fixing a legacy issue with Microsoft .NET Framework 1 in the original XP version), and another coded in Java (which it is hoped will facilitate future integration into ImageJ).

To download the new versions, please visit the Software page.

05 March 2013


Calling all Biological Solution Small-Angle ScatterersPDB-SAS Task Force Logo

During the SAS2012 meeting in Sydney, a well-attended panel discussion was held to discuss two related matters:

(1) publication guidelines for solution studies of biological macromolecules that use small-angle scattering to propose a 3D molecular model, either atomistic or a shape model, and

(2) the work of the Protein Data Bank Small-Angle Scattering Task Force (PDB-SAStf) that has been charged with considering whether solution scattering-based bio-molecular models should be archived.

At the panel discussion, it was agreed that a web page would be established to enable submissions from the community on these issues for consideration in the further development and communication of the guidelines.

The PDB-SAStf home page ( now includes a link (SAS2012 Report) to a summary of the panel discussion, including the presentations made, as well as a link to what will become the discussion archive (Discussion List Archive) and where instructions on how to make a submission may be found.

Interested members of the small-angle scattering community are encouraged to review the current state of the draft guidelines and to contribute comments.

As the community of structural biologists using small-angle solution scattering continues to expand, community engagement in guiding publication practices will ensure that results can be evaluated by reviewers and readers alike and promote confidence in the valuable contributions these studies can make.

4 February 2013


Otto Glatter awarded the 2012 Guinier PrizeThe 2012 Guinier Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Small-Angle Scattering is awarded to Professor Otto Glatter of the University of Graz, Austria

The 2012 Guinier Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Small-Angle Scattering is awarded to Professor Otto Glatter of the University of Graz, Austria: for his dedicated development, application, propagation and dissemination of small-angle X-ray, light and neutron scattering methods over more than 40 years; for his pioneering work on the development of the indirect Fourier Transform method and its application to solve practical problems in real materials across many fields, especially in polymer science, soft matter and nanoparticle systems, and its extension to concentrated systems; and for his universally recognized service in building up the international small-angle scattering community through teaching and training, software development and publication, development of instrumentation, and the writing of a widely used teaching text.

22 October 2012



canSAS-2012canSAS 2012 Workshop Group Photo

The aim of this workshop is to work on specific matters important to the canSAS community as decided in previous conference calls.  The three main themes are: data format, standardisation and development of this portal.

Report in Neutron News

Report in Synchrotron Radiation News

28-31 July 2012


Oxford researcher scoops top neutron prize for ISIS researchDr Syliva McLain (University of Oxford) is the winner of the 2012 IOP/RSC BTM Willis Prize for Neutron Scattering. The prize was awarded by Dr Ali Zarbakhsh, Chair of the group.

Dr Sylvia McLain of the University of Oxford has been awarded the prestigious B.T.M. Willis Prize for neutron scattering in recognition of her studies of a wide range of biological molecules and their interactions at the atomic and molecular level in the presence of water.

13 June 2012



ATSAS v2.5 Released

A new release of the popular ATSAS program suite has just been announced. ATSAS 2.5 is free for download for academic users from

13 November 2012


SAS-2012 Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House

The 15th International Small-Angle Scattering conference (SAS-2012, 18 - 23 November 2012) was held in the beautiful city of Sydney, Australia. The Proceedings are now freely available for download at the following address:

The complete reference is:

Proceedings of the 15th International Small-Angle Scattering Conference, Sydney, Australia, 18-23 November 2012, editors Duncan J. McGillivray, Jill Trewhella, Elliot P. Gilbert and Tracey L. Hanley, ANSTO, ISBN 1 921268 15 8 (2012).

SAS-2015 will be held in Berlin, Germany. SAS-2018 will be held in Traverse City, Michigan, USA.


International Year of Crystallography 2014

On 3 July 2012 the 66th General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution to make 2014 the International Year of Crystallography (IYCr 2014), marking 100 years since the award of the Nobel Prize to Max von Laue. Small-angle scatterers around the world are encouraged to promote the contribution of their technique to the determination of (macro-)molecular level structure.



Sustainable water purification using seeds from Moringa trees

Protein from Moringa seeds can be used to purify water with natural materials. SANS and USANS measurements show how the process can be optimised.  

6 December 2013



UK scientists produce world’s first magnetic soapEffect of magnetic field through dodecane (clear top layer) on 20 wt% aqueous surfactant solutions.

Bristol University team dissolve iron in liquid surfactant to create a soap that can be controlled by magnets. The discovery, published in Angewandte Chemie, could be used to create cleaning products that can be removed after application and used in the recovery of oil spills at sea.

26 January 2012


Australian Synchrotron answers century old scientific question

Researchers at Monash University have used x-ray beams created by the Australian Synchrotron (AS) to discover how enzymes work to dissolve blood clots and clean up damaged tissue in the body - a finding that could ultimately lead to a reduction in the number of heart disease-related deaths occurring each year as a result of blood clots.

9 March 2012


Jobs, new openings

Available employment opportunities within the scattering community and at light sources. This site also has a compilation of opportunities in small-angle scattering.