Research – University of Copenhagen

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X-Ray and Neutron Science > Research


The X-Ray and Neutron Science Section focuses on research related to structural studies and to the structure/function relationship in molecular and materials science.

Studies concern structural materials sciences in a broad scope, ranging from magnetism and superconductivity to synthetic polymers, bio-molecules and pharmaceutics.

Systems that are studied include quantum phase transitions, magnetism and superconducting systems, where the aim is to gain basic understanding of solid state phenomena, and observe new, unexplored properties. A goal is to make the basis for optimal materials design and foundation for new applications.

Polymers and colloids are materials systems used widely in daily life, including household and food products. The materials often respond with a large effect when exposed to even very small stresses and shear forces, reflecting the delicate balance between different interactions. This is what makes such materials attractive in a variety of applications, and makes food fascinating from a material perspective. Structural studies are crucial for understanding the phenomena, and thus to control parameters in new design.

Bio-macromolecules and molecular assemblies constitute the basis in food products, in pharmaceutics and in modern medicine. Understanding the structure-function relationship is crucial for design and development of new medicine.