XMaS: X-ray Materials Science Facility at the ESRF
Location of facility
European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), Grenoble
Capabilities and services provided
XMaS offers a Synchrotron Beamline with capabilities including:
- High resolution diffraction including resonant elastic x-ray scattering
- Polarisation analysis with linear or circularly polarised beams
- Grazing Incidence scattering (reflectivity, diffraction, etc.)
- Spectroscopy across the energy range 2.1 to 15 keV for EXAFS and NEXAFS/XANES
- Small Angle Scattering (>0.01 Å‑1)
- External stimuli including magnetic fields of up to 4 T and electric fields of 2 kV.
- Wide range of sample chambers for controlled liquid and gaseous environments
Off-line facilities include access to a laboratory x-ray source (Cu Ka) with four-circle diffractometer for diffraction, reflectivity and SAXS/WAXS as well as a characterisation lab for magneto transport and electrical measurements.
Services provided include T&S support for onsite experiments. Expert staff provide help and support during experimental time and preparation. Initial data reduction and analysis support is available. Remote access assistance for offline suites is provided by onsite staff. Detailed design work for user driven developments in metrology and sample environments is also provided.
Contact for access
Access is through peer review. six-monthly calls (01 April and 01 October) are available for UK-led projects (application process described at the XMaS website). 30% of beamtime is reserved separately for public access through the ESRF (calls 01 March and 10 September).
Research Areas aligned to facility
- Analytical science
- Biomaterials and tissue engineering
- Biophysics and soft matter physics
- Chemical reaction dynamics and mechanisms
- Chemical structure
- Condensed matter: electronic structure
- Condensed matter: magnetism and magnetic materials
- Electrochemical sciences
- Energy storage
- Engineering design
- Fuel cell technology
- Functional ceramics and inorganics
- Graphene and carbon nanotechnology
- Materials engineering - metals and alloys
- Materials for energy applications
- Polymer materials
- Solar technology
- Surface science
- Synthetic coordination chemistry
- Synthetic organic chemistry
- Synthetic supramolecular chemistry
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