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20 years ago today experiments on ESRF’s first ever user schedule began


The European Synchrotron, the ESRF, is marking 20 years since the start of experiments on our first ever user schedule. A day after its official inauguration on 30 September 1994, the scientists listed on the original schedule, began their research,...


Objects in acrylonitrile–butadiene–styrene. (left) Grillo (Marco Zanuso and Richard Saper for Siemens), 1965 (right) E63 (Umberto Riva for Francesconi) 1963, private collection.

Iconic 1960s ‘Grillo’ phone study helps preserve the past and ring changes for the future


Iconic 1960s Italian design items including the first ‘Grillo’ phone to be made out of plastic and the famous E63 table lamp from a private collection have been studied at the European Synchrotron, the ESRF. Conservation Scientists are trying...


The schema shows the rhodopsin signal transduction, from light absorption to switching off by binding arrestin.

How do I smell? Much the same as how you see!


A collaboration between researchers from the Institute for Medical Physics and Biophysics (IMPB) at the Charité in Berlin and the European Synchrotron (ESRF) has uncovered a new common feature in the molecular processes that are responsible...


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Surfactant micelles transform from spheres into worms at high salt concentrations.

Spheres becoming worms: elucidating the transformation of surfactant micelles


The morphological transformation pathways in micellar systems are still not well understood despite over a century of research in surfactant science. This is mainly due to lack of sufficiently fast methods that capture structural changes underlying...


Nano X-ray fluorescence images of copper in the cortex (left) and stele (right) of a secondary root in field pennycress (Thlaspi arvense).

Molecular form of copper in root cells of a non-hyperaccumulating plant grown in an urban setting


Metal acquisition or detoxification in the roots of vascular plants occurs through biochemical mechanisms that involve specialised metal-complexing molecules. Current knowledge is largely based on hyperaccumulating species having high metal...


2D map of the tilt magnitude (up to 0.0024°) of the Si {001} atomic planes with respect to the surface for a FIB etched image on a 40 nm Si0.8Ge0.2 layer grown on Si.

Fast diffraction imaging for nano- and micro- electronics and functional materials


An optimised quick mapping technique (K-Map) has been put into service at ID01, the ESRF’s beamline for diffraction imaging, during the current refurbishment of this beamline. This enhancement of the beamline makes it capable of rapidly accessing...


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