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Health, food & chemical industries

The ILL can support industrial R&D in its quest for technological development.
We intervene in challenging problem-solving situations and exploratory projects.

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Neutrons & Health

Neutrons and Health

Health is one of the areas in which the scientific and technological impact of neutron technology has high visibility.

As modern medicine has progressed in its understanding of the biological mechanisms determining our state of health, it has improved both the life expectancy and quality of life of most of the human population.

Modern bioscience research is carried out in both X-ray and neutron large-scale facilities. The general public is relatively familiar with the concept of X-rays, but the use of neutron scattering in the health-related field is not so well known.

“Neutron-scatterers” target very specific information and neutron methods play a unique role in the life sciences and medical research.

A versatile and unique portfolio of research solutions

  • behaviour and structure of polymers, colloids,
  • self assembly of nano-particles,
  • investigation of H-bounds sites for medicine,
  • morphology of surfaces and thin-films,
  • following-up of chemical reactions and phase changes, catalysis process,
  • non-destructive trace element analysis.

How neutrons make the difference?

Drugs and biological
processes
Structure of Drug-loaded
liposomes
Improved formulation
for STEPAN surfactants



Emulsions, Foams, Gels,
Surfactants, Colloids,
Micelles… and neutrons!

Next generation
HIV drugs
Improving
product functionality
and industrial processing
Emulsions, Foams, Gels, Surfactants, Colloids, Micelles… and neutrons!

New vistas in anti-retroviral HIV drug design

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Investigating viscosity to improve product functionality and industrial processing



World’s first
magnetic soap

Smart nanogels at
the air/water interface
Mechanisms underlying
Alzheimer’s Disease
World’s first magnetic soapSmart nanogels at the air/water interface: structural studies by neutron reflectivityNeutron reflectivity gives insight to the role of the N-terminal sequence in Alzheimer’s β-amyloid peptide assembly