Now that Diamond has almost reached steady state in terms of operations with over 26 beamlines up and running, it is great to see the momentum it is creating in and around the Harwell campus. With over 9,000 scientists on the books having had an interest in the leading analytical tools provided, it is no surprise to see a set of complementary and supporting techniques gathering around the facility. These additional investments continue to strengthen the long-term sustainability of Diamond as a national facility and to build the reputation of UK science internationally. Here are some of the key collaborations.
A state-of-the-art facility at Diamond that allows scientists to explore complex biological systems in unprecedented detail using two powerful cryo-electron microscopes (EM). Diamond is currently the only synchrotron facility in the world to house and operate this type of microscope, and several other synchrotrons now plan to follow our lead.
The new building that will house ePSIC, eBIC, and the I14 beamline.
In a world first, Diamond, Oxford University, and Johnson Matthey have joined forces to develop a facility where synchrotron and electron microscopy are co-located to support applications in the physical sciences.
The Membrane Protein Laboratory (MPL) provides a research and training facility for international scientists identifying the 3D structures of membrane proteins by X-ray crystallography. A joint venture between Diamond and Imperial College London, and funded by the Wellcome Trust, it is the only such laboratory in the world to be situated within a synchrotron, and works closely with macromolecular crystallography, circular dichroism, and small-angle X-ray scattering beamlines.
A new centre of expertise has been developed at Diamond to support the European XFEL, which is due to come online in Hamburg, Germany in 2017. The UK-XFEL Hub actively supports the UK community in making full use of the transformational potential of XFELs, including sample preparation, delivery systems and data analysis.
A formal collaboration between the University of Manchester and Diamond Light Source began in 2010 to construct and operate an imaging facility at Diamond’s X-ray Imaging and Coherence beamline (I13).
Diamond is playing a key role in the ongoing development of the UK Catalysis Hub. The UK’s strength in catalysis is being enhanced with collaboration between over 35 universities, which have their expertise in this core area of science, engineering and technology. The physical centre of the Hub is located next door to Diamond at the RCaH.
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