Synchrotron Services for Industrial Scientists
Welcome to the Industrial Liaison Office. We are a group of specialist scientists with a diverse range of expertise, all dedicated to supporting scientists and researchers from a variety of industries access the facilities here at Diamond. The team has an assorted range of backgrounds and each member is a specialist in a different technique. We are therefore able to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to solving research and development problems.
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Featured Case Studies
T-cell receptors (TCRs) are protein complexes found on the surface
of human T-cells responsible for recognising a large variety of
antigen peptides. When a TCR binds to a specific antigen it triggers
an immune response that is part of the adaptive immune system
and prevents the growth of pathogens.
There is great interest in using this natural defence system for
cancer immunotherapy by producing modified TCRs that bind
cancer antigens and activate an immune response against
The World Health Organization estimates that worldwide, annual influenza epidemics result in about 3-5 million cases of severe illness and about 250,000 to 500,000 deaths. Influenza A viruses are the most common cause of seasonal flu in humans and represent a significant risk to public health.
When the influenza virus infects a host cell, it starts to make copies of itself as the disease spreads. The protein driving this behaviour is the viral RNA polymerase which replicates the viral RNA genome and makes RNA templates for protein synthesis. In order to understand how this process works, you need to work out the structure of the RNA polymerase at the atomic level.
To be fully effective, the cladding encapsulating nuclear fuel
must be highly resistant to radiation damage, be relatively
transparent to thermal neutrons, have effective corrosion
resistance and good mechanical properties. Zirconium alloys are well suited to these needs and have therefore to date been the most favoured material for fuel cladding. Commonly used alloys such as Zircaloy-2, Zircaloy-4, M5TM and ZIRLOTM also include small amounts of iron which has been shown to increase corrosion resistance.