Village: Surfaces and Interfaces
Current Research Techniques:
Surface X-ray diffraction
Grazing Incidence X-ray Diffraction (GIXD)
Grazing Incidence Small Angle X-ray Scattering (GISAXS)
X-ray Reflectivity (XRR)
The Createc UHV system in the second experimental hutch has now been commissioned and had its first successful users during March.
The cryo-cooled permanent magnet undulator was installed over the August/September shutdown, and following commissioning has increased flux at higher energies by a factor of ~ 3–4 compared to the temporary U23 undulator.
The first paper to contain data collected on I07 has been published by researchers from the University of Bristol in the Journal of Materials Chemistry. X-ray reflectivity measurements were made from purple membrane (PM) films on mica substrates.
A team of scientists from the University of Bath have become the first researchers to use the UK’s national synchrotron facility’s latest experimental station (I07). Designed for investigating the structure of surfaces and interfaces under different conditions, Diamond’s 14th beamline will benefit the physical, chemical and life sciences. The atomic details that I07’s X-rays will reveal will help progress developments in many technologically and industrially relevant areas such as molecular electronics, as well as advance our knowledge into important biological systems to help with, for example, drug delivery techniques.
Dr Karen Edler, the head of the Self-Organised Materials Group within the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bath, and her team used I07 to investigate polymer (large molecule) hydrogel films which have potential to sense particular organic molecules, such as sugars.
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