Currently lab07 is dedicated to IR users for general sample preparation and off line characterisation. A short walking distance from the beamline, it is divided into a dry and wet part for allowing proper handling of any inorganic and organic samples which require dedicated preparation before beamtime.
- A safe and clean environment for sample preparation under containment level I
- Storage for users’ samples and small equipment (refrigerated and dry) as well as glassware and chemicals for IR preparations
- Off line instrumentation for sample characterisation.
n.b. within 2014 the Soft Condensed Matter village will have a temporary laboratory configuration due to the common labs reorganization. After that a chemistry laboratory, a biology laboratory and an instrumentation laboratory will be provided as consolidated facilities in common to beamline B22, B23, I22 and B21 users.
Sample Preparation Area on the beamline
This area is dedicated for last minute sample preparation and sample characterisation via high resolution visible microscopy as well as Raman microspectroscopy. The B22 SPA is equipped with a stereo 1x to 16x Leica microscope for large scale sample survey, and an Axio Imager Zeiss upright microscope on an anti-vibration table.
Cell Culture Laboratory
Initiated as a B22 user request, a cell culture laboratory is available and fully operational at Diamond for the Life Sciences users to grow mammalian cell lines for their experiments before/during their beamtime. This is particularly relevant given the most advanced areas of research at MIRIAM in clinical/medical applications, namely live cell molecular imaging, time-dose response of cells to anti-cancer drugs or stem cell identification via IR microanalysis. More information is available under Facility and Equipment availability.
Beamline Development Room
The area is dedicated for Near Field IR microscopy research project development which includes an Atomic Force Microscope operational onto a double upright-inverted visible microscope. At MIRIAM, the use of near field methods is in an advanced stage of development with the first Synchrotron-based non-diffraction limited IR microspectroscopy experiments in progress. With the final goal to achieve IR mapping of sub-cellular structures ex vivo or in aqueous environments at submicron resolution, the Near Field IR microscope will be operated as a 3rd endstation at MIRIAM experimental programme in IR ultramicrospectroscopy; the AFM is available for collaborative and in-house research.
Located at the 1st floor of Diamond Experimental Hall and just above B22 cabins, a data room is available to all Diamond IR users to carry out data analysis on-site during or after their beamtime. The PCs available provide access to a spectroscopic analysis software suite including OPUS 7.2 (to perform data analysis on spectra and IR images via the same acquisition software on the beamline, or to convert data), Cytospec (for IR map analysis and related vibrational image manipulation), and Unscrambler X (suitable for more advanced single spectral analysis/chemometrics e.g. principal component and hierarchical cluster analysis, etc).