The major strength of the SANS technique is that it can be used to investigate a host of materials, which cover a wide range of research disciplines. Materials that are routinely characterised using the SANS technique include alloys, ceramics, biological materials, colloidal materials, complex fluids, polymers, surfaces and interfaces, flux lattices in superconductors.
SANS is a versatile technique for investigating food components such as proteins, polymers and emulsions.
Quokka will be particularly important in the Food Science project - a collaboration between ANSTO, CSIRO, Food Science Australia and the University of Queensland. Participants are investigating scientific problems of national significance for food processing and human nutrition.