Deuteration for Neutron Scattering – DEUNET Workshop

Oxford Spires Hotel

Oxford Spires Hotel

Abingdon Rd Oxford OX1 4PS UK

Deuteration for Neutron Scattering – DEUNET Workshop Overview

Deuteration underpins the ability of neutron scattering techniques to elucidate the structure and dynamics of complex multicomponent materials that are typical in soft condensed matter and life sciences.  With a wide range of advanced neutron facilities and instruments either in place or under development across Europe, it is of crucial importance that a strong emphasis is also placed on preparing deuterated samples that will maximise the quality and impact of current and future research. This workshop, organized jointly by the STFC Deuteration facility and the DEUNET European chemical deuteration network, brings together the user community with existing and developing deuteration laboratories to present recent advances in soft matter and life sciences and to discuss the needs to development of new methods, materials and deuteration services to fully leverage the investments made in neutron instrumentation in Europe.

The workshop will consist of a series of talks by user groups presenting their science using deuteration and neutrons, as well as presentation of the current capabilities and work done at the participating deuteration laboratories.

The workshop will collect valuable input from the user community on current and future deuteration needs for the DEUNET collaboration funded by the SINE2020 project ( Read more about the DEUNET at


Confirmed Speakers:

Jeff Penfold - Oxford University, ISIS
Karen Edler - Bath University
Adrian Rennie - Uppsala University
Robert Richardson - Bristol University

Michael Gradzielski - TU Berlin
Henrich Frielinghaus - FZJ 
Reidar Lund - Oslo University
Peixun Li  - STFC 
Luke Clifton - STFC
Giovanna Fragneto - ILL
Rachel Morrison - ILL
Anna Leung - ESS
Zoe Fisher - ESS
Wolfgang Knecht - Lund University
Jürgen Allgaier - FZJ
Andreas Raba - FZJ
Tamim Darwish - ANSTO
Stuart Clarke - Cambridge University
Daniel Bowron - STFC
Maikel Rheinstädter - McMaster University 
Robin Delhom - ILL 
Jeremy Lakey - Newcastle University

David Barlow - Kings College London
Nathan Zaccai - Cambridge University
Søren Røi Mitdgaard - University of Copenhagen
Ralf Biehl - FZJ 
Paul Burn - University of Queensland
Julian Oberdisse - Montpellier University
Hanna Wacklin - ESS
Francesca Baldelli Bombelli - Politecnico di Milano
Emma Sparr - Lund University
Thomas Hellweg - Bielefeldt University


Organising Committee:

Peixun Li, Marek Jura, John Webster STFC

Giovanna Fragneto ILL

Juergen Allgaier FZJ

Hanna Wacklin ESS

    • 10:00 11:15
      DEUNET Meeting (closed)
    • 10:00 11:30
      Registration and Coffee 1h 30m
    • 11:30 11:35
      Welcome by STFC Deuteration Facility
      Convener: Marek Jura (STFC)
    • 11:35 11:45
      Welcome from ISIS
      Convener: Ms. Zoe Bowden (ISIS,STFC)
    • 11:45 12:00
      Introduction to DEUNET European Deuteration Platform
      Convener: Hanna Wacklin (European Spallation Source)
    • 12:00 12:40
      Opening Lecture: Surfactant Mixing at Interfaces: The Role of Deuterium Labelling
      Convener: Jeff Penfold (ISIS)
    • 12:40 14:00
      Lunch 1h 20m
    • 14:00 15:30
      Convener: Bob Thomas
      • 14:00
        From Micelles to Materials 30m
        Speaker: Dr. Karen Edler (University of Bath)
      • 14:30
        Surfactants at The Triglyceride Oil/Solid Interface 20m
        Speaker: Simon Titmus (University of Edinburgh)
      • 14:50
        Investigating the Structure and Dynamics of Self-Assembled Systems with the Help of Deuteration Schemes 20m
        Speaker: Michael Gradzielski (TU Berlin)
      • 15:10
        Internal structure of mRNA nanoparticles: SANS contrast variation 20m
        Speaker: Ms. Aleksandra Dabkowska (AZ)
    • 15:30 16:00
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 16:00 17:00
      Convener: Paul Burn (University of Queensland)
      • 16:20
        Chain Structure of Polymer Nanocomposites Using Small-Angle Neutron Scattering 20m
        Speaker: Julian Oberdisse (Montpellier University)
      • 16:40
        "Smart" Core-Shell Microgels 20m
        Speaker: Thomas Hellweg (Bielefeldt University)
    • 17:00 17:30
      1 min. Flash Poster Presentation
    • 17:30 19:00
      Poster Session Cardinal Room

      Cardinal Room

      Oxford Spires Hotel

      Abingdon Rd Oxford OX1 4PS UK
    • 19:30 21:30
      Advisory Board Dinner 2h
    • 08:30 09:00
      Coffee and registration 30m
    • 09:00 10:30
      Overview of Deuteration Facilities
      Convener: Jian Lu (STFC)
      • 09:00
        STFC Deuteration Facility Update 15m
        Speaker: Peixun Li (STFC)
      • 09:15
        Biodeuteration at STFC 15m
        Speaker: Asha Dopplapudi (STFC)
      • 09:30
        Lipid Deuteration at ILL 15m
        Speaker: Dr. Richael Morrison (ILL)
      • 09:45
        Protein Deuteration at ILL D-lab 15m
        Speaker: Trevor Forsyth (ILL)
      • 10:00
        Chemical Deuteration at ESS DEULAB 15m
        Speaker: Anna Leung (European Spallation Source ERIC)
      • 10:15
        ESS DEMAX Platform @ LP3 15m
        Speaker: Wolfgang Knecht (Lund University)
    • 10:30 11:00
      Coffee break 30m
    • 11:00 12:30
      Overview of Deuteration Facilities
      Convener: Jian Lu
      • 11:00
        Polymer synthesis at FZJ 20m
        Speakers: Andreas Raba, Jürgen Allgaier (FZJ)
      • 11:20
        ANSTO NDF 20m
        Speakers: Peter Holden (ANSTO), Tamim Darwish (ANSTO)
      • 11:40 and User Survey 20m
        Speaker: Hanna Wacklin (European Spallation Source)
      • 12:00
        Discussion DEUNET 30m
    • 12:30 14:00
      Lunch 1h 30m
    • 14:00 15:10
      Small Molecules, Ionic Liquids etc.
      Convener: Jeff Penfold
      • 14:00
        Probing the Thermal Stability of OLEDs With Neutrons 30m
        Speaker: Paul Burn (University of Queensland)
      • 14:30
        Deuteration of Energetic Materials 20m
        Speaker: Karl Hope (University of Edinburgh)
      • 14:50
        Atomically Resolved Neutron Diffraction Studies of Nanostructured Molecular Liquid Systems Using Hydrogen-Deuterium Isotopic Substitution 20m
        Speaker: Daniel Bowron (STFC)
    • 15:10 15:40
      Coffee break 30m
    • 15:40 17:30
      Lipids and Membranes
      Convener: Giovanna Fragneto
      • 15:40
        Molecular Membrane Biophysics 30m
        Speaker: Dr. Maikel Rheinstadter (McMaster University)
      • 16:10
        Neutron Diffraction Studies of Membrane Rafts 20m
        Speaker: David Barlow (Kings College London)
      • 16:30
        Sample Deuteration in Model Biological Systems : “Deuterate the Cheapest Bit!” 20m
        Speaker: Dr. Luke Clifton (ISIS Spallation Neutron and Muon Source)
      • 16:50
        Yeast; A Tool for Relevant Labelled Biomembranes Studies 20m
        Speaker: Robin Delhom (ILL)
      • 17:10
        Co-Aggregation of Membrane Lipids and Amyloid Proteins 20m
        Speaker: Prof. Emma Sparr (Physical Chemistry, Lund University)
    • 17:30 18:30
      ISIS Deuteration Facility Discussion
      Convener: John Webster (STFC)
    • 19:30 21:30
      Conference dinner 2h Cardinal Room

      Cardinal Room

      Oxford Spires Hotel

      Abingdon Rd Oxford OX1 4PS UK
    • 08:30 09:00
      Coffee 30m
    • 09:00 10:50
      Soft Matter and Colloids
      Convener: Julian Oberdisse
      • 09:00
        Neutron Scattering From Deuterated Liquid Crystals 30m
        Speaker: Robert Richardson (Bristol University)
      • 09:30
        Self-Healing Hydrogels: Deciphering The Relation Between Microscopic Dynamics and Viscoelastic Response Using Neutron Scattering Techniques and Contrast Variation Schemes 20m
        Speaker: Reidar Lund (Oslo University)
      • 09:50
        Understanding The Nanoparticle-Protein Complexes and Their Biological Effects Using Neutrons 20m
        Speaker: Francesca Baldelli Bombardi (Politecnico di Milano)
      • 10:10
        Experiments and Ideas: Partially Deuterated Samples 20m
        Speaker: Prof. Adrian Rennie (Uppsala University)
      • 10:30
        Selective Deuteration for Surface Science 20m
        Speaker: Stuart Clarke (University of Cambridge)
    • 10:50 11:20
      Coffee break 30m
    • 11:20 12:50
      Protein Structure and Function
      Convener: Peter Holden (ANSTO)
      • 11:20
        Studying Bacterial Membrane Protein Complexes by The Use of contrasting Components 30m
        Speaker: Prof. Jeremy Lakey (Newcastle University)
      • 11:50
        Investigating Membrane Protein Structure Using Match-Out Deuterated Detergents and SANS 20m
        Speaker: Søren Røi Midtgaard (University of Copenhagen)
      • 12:10
        Protein Dynamics With Obstruction 20m
        Speaker: Ralf Biehl (FZJ)
      • 12:30
        Time Is Money: Studying Protein-DNA Interactions by Contrast Variation SANS 20m
        Speaker: Nathan Zaccai (Cambridge University)
    • 12:50 13:20
      Workshop discussion
    • 13:20 13:30
      Meeting Close
      Convener: Steven Wakefield
    • 13:30 14:25
      Lunch 55m
    • 14:25 14:30
    • 14:30 17:30
      STFC Deuteration Facility Access Panel Meeting (closed)
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