At IFE scientists are working with basic research on clay and other complex materials. These materials include ferrofluids, also called "liquid magnets", nano-carbon, polymers and biopolymers. These materials are characterized by weak bonds between the microscopic sections and great variation in physical shape/form.
Researchers are examining the relations between the microscopic and macroscopic properties of the materials. The main tool is neutron and X-ray diffusion using the JEEP II reactor, and optical microscopes.
By understanding the properties of the materials and how they work, it may be possible to extend the materials usage.