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To broaden research possibilities: a new pressure cell

Henrich Frielinghaus and Marie-Sousai Appavou from the JCNS-MLZ are developing a new pressure cell. This work, which is funded by NMI3, will broaden the research possibilities in several scientific fields.

*The importance of pressure cells* Pressure cells are valuable tools for neutron scattering because they make it possible to analyse samples under preselected pressure conditions where they are more stable. We’ve talked with Marie-Sousai Appavou, who is an instrument scientist of the KWS-2 Small angle scattering diffractometer at the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) – MLZ near Munich, to learn about these important tools. He explained that pressure cells are contributing to advance a range of scientific fields. For instance, degenerative diseases like Alzheimer are caused by misfolded proteins. Thanks to pressure studies, researchers may find new folding pathways, and with this kind of knowledge they might be able to delay these diseases in the future. Furthermore, thanks to research with pressure cells, it is possible to sterilise sea food in Japan, fruit juice and smoothies in France and the U.S.A. and other products in an increasing number of countries. Another idea for the future would be to conduct pressures studies to find new ways to clean the sea water after an oil spill. *Interview with the task coordinator* Henrich Frielinghaus from JCNS is the leader of the task Kinetic/dynamic measurements in periodic external fields of the NMI3 Joint Research Activity (JRA) Advanced Neutron Tools for Soft and Bio-Materials . Together with Appavou, he is in charge of developing a non-magnetic pressure cell able to accept a large incoming beam cross section and large exit angles. In this short interview, he tells us about this work. To read it, please go to: http://nmi3.eu/news-and-media/scientific-highlights/to-broaden-research-possibilities-a-new-pressure-cell-.html

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