|Date||12 January 2017 (Thursday)|
|Time||6:30 - 8:30pm|
|Venue||Multi-Function Room, 19/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU|
Prof. Xun-Li Wang 王循理教授
Professor and Head of
Department of Physics and Materials Science
City University of Hong Kong
Across the border in Dongguan, a 3 billion RMB scientific facility, China Spallation Neutron Source (CSNS), is under construction and scheduled to deliver first neutron beams at the end of 2017. Neutron scattering is a powerful tool for materials researchers and industries. Over the years, it has made substantial contributions in many areas of physics, chemistry, biology, materials science, and materials engineering. As an example, cold neutrons are uniquely positioned to probe dynamic processes in soft matter, where applications range from consumer products to photovoltaic materials and drug delivery. Neutron scattering also offers fundamental insight into mechanical deformation at the atomistic level and is likewise invaluable for assessing the integrity of larger engineering structures, such as wheel hubs of high-speed trains, and bridges.
The decision to locate CSNS in the southern city of Dongguan was strategic; it was set to promote scientific research and technology in the region, and thereby to accelerate economic development by creating value-added, high-tech products. Over time, CSNS is destined to become an international hub for materials research. Naturally, a major beneficiary of CSNS is the scientific community of Hong Kong, where there have been steady efforts to promote the use of neutron scattering. In this talk, we will discuss how this facility is going to transform the landscape of science and technology in Hong Kong, the enormous social and economic impact that it will generate, as well as the challenges to take full advantage of the facility.