Autumn Meeting 2016

BCA Industrial Group Autumn Meeting

Diffraction of Disordered and Amorphous Materials

Diamond Light Source

10-11th November 2016

 Disordered or amorphous materials are commonplace across formulation sciences, metals and glasses. While our understanding of amorphous solids has advanced there remain challenges in the reliable preparation, processing and manufacturing of such materials. This year’s BCA Industrial Group autumn meeting focuses on the challenges to materials characterisation presented by such solids. Split over two days, the first day will feature presentations from a number of experts across these fields. The second day will be dedicated to a workshop on the practise of measuring and interpretation of Pair Distribution Functions using the newly commissioned PDF beamline at the Diamond Light Source.

Confirmed speakers include Bruno Hancock (Pfizer), Yaroslav Khimyak (UEA), Katie Ryan (SSPC) and Shen Qi (UEA).

The two-day meeting will be hosted a the Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire and has kindly been sponsored by Diamond and Pfizer. Early bird registration fees are available until the 14th October and reduced fees for students are also available. Some student bursaries are also available, please contact the chair if you wish to apply.

The IG AGM will also be held during this meeting, including elections to committee positions. For more information on this please contact us.

Registration now closed.


Thursday 10th November

12:00             Arrival and lunch in Diamond House

12:50             Welcome to Diamond

                     Chair of BCA IG – Cheryl Doherty

Session 1 – Chair: Helen Blade

13:00             Understanding and Controlling the Properties of Amorphous Pharmaceutical Materials

                     Bruno Hancock – Pfizer, Groton

13.45             Diffraction from the amorphous metal organic framework ZIF-4 prepared three ways

                     David Keen - stfc

14.15             Talk 2

                     Katie Ryan – SSPC

14:45             AGM for Industrial Group

15.30             Coffee break

Session 2 – Chair: Ghazala Sadiq

16:00              XPDF: The new X-ray Pair Distribution Function beamline

                     Dean Keeble, Diamond.

16:30             Disordered Pharmaceuticals: Realisation of their practical applications through overcoming characterisation challenges

                     Sheng Qi - UEA

17:00             Factors Affecting Successful Development of Amorphous Formulations – Solving Challenges Through the Appropriate Use of Analytical Tools

                     Adele Patterson – Bristol Myers Squibb

17.30             Tours of Diamond

·         Tour the ring and visit some of the beamlines

18:30 for 19.00 Dinner


Friday 11th November

Session 3 – Chair: Helen Blade

09.00              Directing self-assembly of molecular organic solids: understanding of order            disorder transitions

                     Yaroslav Khimyak - UEA

09:30             Student talk – bursary holder

                     Speaker – student 1

09:45             Student talk – bursary holder

                     Speaker – student 2

10.00             Coffee available in Diamond Atrium

Workshop starts at 10.30am

10:30             PDF data Collection and Processing - Beamline scientist – Phil Chater

The collection and processing of scattering data required to produce good quality PDF data is challenging, and can be a significant barrier to the wider use of this powerful technique. In this session strategies for the collection of high resolution and robust PDF data will be presented. The processing steps required to turn the raw scattering data into the PDF will be presented and then some software solutions to address these steps will be described in detail.

11:30             Qualitative & Quantitative PDF analysis methods - Beamline scientist – Phil Chater

PDF methods allow for many different types of analysis, from a qualitative view on the degree of crystallinity in a material through to a detailed quantitative description of a structure on the local scale. In this session some of these methods will be outlined, and software to perform these analyses will be described.

12:30             Lunch

13:30             Total Scattering Modelling - Beamline scientist – Helen Playford

The modelling of the local structure of both crystalline and amorphous materials often requires you to go beyond traditional crystallographic descriptions to describe what is happening. In this case large-box modelling methods can be used in combination with total scattering, Bragg and PDF data to produce a picture of what is happening across different length-scales. In this session Reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) methods will be described which employ large atomic ensembles to fit experimental data.

14:30             Bring your own data – drop in session - Beamline scientists  

This is an open session where participants can come with their own data, or a problem they would like to solve, and discuss it with the workshop team.

15:00             Close

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