Using the new beamline, 911-4, at MAX-lab in Lund, Sweden, researchers can study a wide range of different types of material with a resolution of a few nanometres. This could be useful for both basic research and industry in general. The facility is the result of a Danish–Swedish collaboration. Now it is opening for research.
The new facility is a SAXS beamline, which means that it is used to examine the components of materials and their morphology with the help of an X-ray scattering method. This provides a rough picture of the structure of the sample and makes it possible to see the general shape and size of the particles or how close they are to one another.
The SAXS method can be used for any kind of sample (solids, liquids or gases). This makes it attractive for various different fields and classes of material – SAXS is successfully used in the study of soft matter, mainly synthetic and natural polymers and biomacromolecules in solution, and is also relevant in the analysis of metals, alloys, glasses and porous materials in general. Basic and applied science fields can benefit from the use of the new facility.
MAX-lab is a synchrotron radiation facility which forms part of the MAX IV Laboratory. The MAX IV Laboratory is a national research laboratory comprising MAX-lab and the MAX IV project. It is run by Lund University and the Swedish Research Council and is located in Lund. www.maxlab.lu.se
For more information:
WEB: Lund University Dr Tomás S. Plivelic, the MAX IV Laboratory. Tel: +46 46 222 44 32. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org