During a visit to Oxfordshire on Tuesday 19th April, Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister, toured Diamond, the UK’s national synchrotron science facility.
On the tour of the synchrotron, Diamond scientists and engineers explained how the machine generates the intense light required to carry out experiments in a wide range of fields. Among them, health research into disease and drug development, engineering studies to reduce stress in aero engines and the creation of new super-strong material using fibres of carbon nanotubes.
“The science and technology at work here is amazing, as too is the wide variety of cutting edge experiments that Diamond is helping UK and international researchers to carry out. It is a large scale science achievement that we can all be proud of and I look forward to hearing about new discoveries that are made at Diamond in the future.”
Nick Clegg MP
|Pictured, from left to right, Gerd Materlik, Gwyndaf Evans and Nick Clegg, inside the I24 beamline|
Over 2000 researchers use Diamond to conduct experiments in a wide range of disciplines including health and medicine, structural biology, energy, engineering, earth & environmental sciences, solid-state physics, materials & magnetism, nanoscience, electronics, chemistry and cultural heritage. Many of the experiments involve collaboration with other facilities at RAL including ISIS, the Central Laser Facility and the new Research Complex at Harwell.
Diamond Light Source is the UK's national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.
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