College Park, Maryland      June 6 - 10 , 2004

W3-A1: Breakout Session: Perspectives for Neutron Scattering of Biomembrane Systems

M. Loesche, S. H. White, D. J. Tobias, J. K. Blasie

Neutron scattering of biological systems has for some time been under represented in this country. Consequently, there is a noticeable gap in the levels of activity in this area between the US and other world regions. The CNBT ("Cold Neutrons in Biology and Technology")initiative aims at closing this gap by promoting structural characterization of biomembrane systems using a concerted approach that involves neutron and X-ray scattering, high-performance computing, and NMR spectroscopy. With the advent of the AND/R, a new neutron spectrometer at NCNR's NG-1 guide which is geared toward reflectometry and diffraction studies of membranous systems, US neutron science is on the leap back to making an impact on biology-related problems. This is also important in view of the SNS coming on-line in a few years, an event which will provide a dramatic boost to neutron-related science in a much broader context. We will discuss prospectives and opportunities of the CNBT in membrane science, aiming at potential outside users from the life science and biotech communities.

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