The high brilliance of the insertion device source on I22 allows structural investigation of materials under extreme environments (for example fluid flow at high pressures and temperatures). I22 provides reliable access to millisecond time scales, essential to understanding kinetic processes such as early folding events in proteins or structural evolution in polymers and colloids.
Simultaneous recording of both small and wide angle X-ray scattering (SAXS and WAXS) techniques in combination allows users to probe length scales ranging from a few Angstroms to several microns with high resolution.
Key Advantages of I22:
Cardiff University have recently been awarded an MRC Grant to investigate soft tissue biomechanics. In collaboration with Olga Shebanova from I22, they plan to build a general purpose micromechanical tester for the User Community through Network involvement. See more in Beamline Upgrades Section
Diamond now hosts a new Offline SAXS User facility. Jointly bid for by Diamond and Leeds University the facility, funded by the EPSRC, will offer complimentary materials science measurements to those available on I22. A contract was placed with Xenocs to bring one of their first Xeuss 3.0 Q-Zoom instruments to Diamond in Spring 2019. This is now reaching the end of it's commisisoning phase.
The facility is located in a new purpose built laboratory and include Sample Environment Development facilities.
The SAXS equipment will in part be available via PRP for measurements and run by a dedicated technician supported by the Diamond SAXS team. Look for DL-SAXS in UAS!
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