SAXS: From Synchrotron to Labscale
Keeping Big Things Small
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Modern materials science and technology goes "nano": The presence or integration of nanostructures in a material can dramatically change its properties, so nanotechnology has considerable potential for tailoring synthetic materials and improving their properties.
Self-assembled and hierarchical nanostructured materials and the functions of these self-assemblies, such as micelles, liquid crystals, emulsions, liposomes and solid gels, are utilized in a wide variety of industrial fields. In addition, nanostructured inorganic materials (such as composite titanium dioxide particles or mesoporous silicas) and modified biological substances (such as recombinant and purified proteins) are in great demand. Since nanomaterials are widely employed in diverse high-end applications, accurate measurements of these materials' basic properties and structures are required in order to improve existing applications and to create new ones.