Fundamentals of Neutron Spin Echo (NSE) Spectroscopy for Biology and Soft Matter Workshop


An educational workshop on the fundamentals of NSE spectroscopy applied to soft matter and biology will prepare the scientists to use NSE techniques. The basics of static and quasi-elastic neutron scattering, NSE instrumentation, and NSE experimental design and data analysis will be covered. In addition, students will select from three interest group sessions on polymers, proteins, or lipid membranes. The workshop will ready participants to use the new, upgraded NSE in the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) to benefit their research.


In person workshop will be held September 19-21, 2023

Registration opens Now through June 15, 2023 extended to August 4, 2023

Decision of application acceptances: on June 27, 2023; 2nd batch decisions: August 11, 2023


NIST Center for Neutron Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Maryland.


DoubleTree by Hilton, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg MD 20877

Who Should Attend

The workshop is designed for graduate students, postdocs, and early career faculties in the soft matter field, with little or no previous experience with neutron spin-echo spectroscopy. The workshop is on a “start-to-end” concept which means not only lectures and hands-on exercises but also proposal writing and instrument selection, etc., will be covered to engage the participants in the whole experience of an NSE project. Moreover, participants will have a chance to have a tour in the guide hall to observe the NSE instrumentation. Attendance is currently limited to 20 people, and travel funds will be provided.


The workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which includes all local expenses. The Neutron Scattering Society of America (NSSA) will sponsor three applicants selected by the organizers for their travel, up to $500/each. Additional travel funds are also available for all other applicants.


NSE spectroscopy is a quasi-elastic neutron scattering technique with the highest energy resolution among other neutron spectroscopic methods. NSE can access the dynamics over a time scale from 1ps to 100 ns at length scales of 1 nm to 50 nm, which is suitable for soft matter research (e.g., lipid membrane dynamics, protein dynamics, polymer chain dynamics, etc.). The University of Delaware (UD), together with the NCNR and the University of Maryland (UMD), are upgrading the NSE spectrometer at the NCNR by adopting optimized superconducting precession coils (OSCPC) recently developed at the Juelich Center for Neutron Science for the J-NSE-Phoenix at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum, Germany.


Select “WORKSHOP REGISTRATION” at the above menu bar.

Some information* you will need to be aware of and/or have available on-hand:

  • Your LEGAL name, residence, and mailing information is required.
  • Research area & experience.
  • Uploading of your Cover letter, CV, and a Letter of Recommendation (download template).
  • Accommodations. Please note that the workshop will ONLY cover for 3-nights (Mon., Tue. & Wed., 9/18-20/2023). Any additional nights beyond this will be your own out-of-pocket responsibility, unless you have submitted a special travel grant arrangement.
  • Unless you are already in the NCNR access list, you MUST ALSO complete the NIST Visitor Center form after your workshop registration. If you are unsure of your NCNR status, please contact the NCNR User Office at either ncnraccess@nist.gov or call 301-975-8200.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Minh Phan at phanmd@udel.edu

*If you have any questions regarding the information being collected for the workshop registration, please visit the UD Legal Notices site for more information.


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