EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 236, 2020JDN 24 - Neutrons and Biology
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Applications of neutron reflectometry in biology
Polytechnic University of Marche, Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, Via Brecce Bianche, Ancona, Italy
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Published online: 1 July 2020
Over the last 10 years, neutron reflectometry (NR) has emerged as a powerful technique for the investigation of biologically relevant thin films. The great advantage of NR with respect to many other surface-sensitive techniques is its sub-nanometer resolution that enables structural characterizations at the molecular level. In the case of bio-relevant samples, NR is non-destructive and can be used to probe thin films at buried interfaces or enclosed in bulky sample environment equipment. Moreover, recent advances in biomolecular deutera-tion enabled new labeling strategies to highlight certain structural features and to resolve with better accuracy the location of chemically similar molecules within a thin film.
In this chapter I will describe some applications of NR to bio-relevant samples and discuss some of the data analysis approaches available for biological thin films. In particular, examples on the structural characterization of biomembranes, protein films and protein-lipid interactions will be described.
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