Experimental Techniques for Studies of Dynamics in Soft Materials

  • Alexei P. SokolovEmail author
  • Victoria García Sakai
Part of the Neutron Scattering Applications and Techniques book series (NEUSCATT)


This chapter presents an overview of the various experimental techniques traditionally used for studies of dynamics in Soft Materials. First, we emphasize the importance of dynamics for macroscopic properties of these materials, then we compare advantages and disadvantages of the different techniques. These include mechanical and dielectric relaxation spectroscopy, NMR, light, X-ray, and neutron scattering. In particular, we discuss the advantages of neutron scattering spectroscopy. We emphasize the importance of combining neutron scattering with the other techniques for a complete analysis of the dynamics in Soft Materials.


Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Neutron Scattering Soft Material Molecular Motion Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy 
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This work was sponsored by the Division of Materials? Sciences and Engineering, DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chemical Sciences DivisionOak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUniversity of Tennessee KnoxvilleKnoxvilleUSA
  3. 3.ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton LaboratoryHarwell Science, and Innovation CampusDidcotUK

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