Powerful combination of deuteration and neutron scattering used to characterise structure of molecules on surface of nanoparticles

Chemical deuteration at ANSTO’s National Deuteration Facility (NDF) was combined with small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and molecular simulations for the first time to create three dimensional models of ligand shells of nanoparticles including gold, silver and copper. The research lead by scientists from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in collaboration with the National Deuteration Facility of ANSTO, the University of Trieste, , Paul Scherer Institute, Jülich Centre for Neutron Science, Adolphe Merkle Institute, and European Molecular Biology Laboratory has been published this week in Nature Communications. Dr Tamim Darwish (NDF), a member of AUCAOS, who leads the deuteration work in this study, was among the authors of the paper. More details can be found on the link below.

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