Fabrication and Characterization of Self-Assembled Soft and Nanoscale Materials

This award from Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Manitoba Research and Innovation Fund, lead by Dr. Torsten Hegmann with Dr. Freund as a co-investigator has allowed the purchase of a combined small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) and wide-angle x-ray scattering (WAXS) instrument for studying the structure and ordering of materials at the nanoscale level.  This instrument will play a key role in the development of conducting polymer thin films for electronic applications as well as composite conducting polymer membranes for artificial photosynthesis. 

SAXS/WAXS is an x-ray scattering technique that allows the structural determination of ordered systems down to the nanoscale.  It can be used to study liquid crystals, polymers and proteins.