Advances in neutron scattering instrumentation along with new sources are providing exciting new opportunities to study increasingly complex issues in materials research. Here we provide a basic introduction into the properties of the neutron that make it a nearly ideal probe of materials. We then describe recent examples that demonstrate how these properties have been exploited to study the dynamics of hydrogen and water in a variety of materials.

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DOI: 10.1016/S1369-7021(05)71336-5