The major strength of the small angle neutron scattering (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 also a versatile technique for investigating food components such as proteins, polymers and emulsions. Hence the Quokka is 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.
Science highlights from Quokka
See a list of publications from the Quokka instrument here