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Henri Matisse, The Joy of Life, 1905-06. Credit: The Barnes Foundation

X-rays reveal why Matisse's yellow loses its shine


For more than a decade museum scientists have puzzled over the deterioration of a bright yellow pigment used in the paintings of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modernist painters including Matisse and Van Gogh. A new study using...


The first team of users on ID30B. They are studying crystals of the protein CSB, a key element in repairing UV damaged DNA. Credit: ESRF/Argoud

First Users on ESRF ID30B


Beamline ID30B/MAD welcomed its first users this week with a group of scientists from Leiden University in the Netherlands.


Nanostructures of dentin. Credit: Jean-Baptiste Forien, © Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

Compressed mineral nanoparticles make teeth tougher


An interdisciplinary team* led by scientists from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and involving the ESRF has succeeded in unravelling an inbuilt crack-stopping mechanism acting in dentin, the bone-like material that comprises the bulk of...


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X-ray phase contrast microtomography of the lumbar-sacral region of the spinal cord (size: 1.2 mm)

Imaging the micro-vascular network and the neuronal system in a spinal cord


The repair capacity of an injured spinal cord relies on the interplay between the vascular network and the neuronal system. Our knowledge of how these two intricate systems overlap at the submicrometric level has been limited by the imaging...


Electrons originating from the de-excitation of surface plasmons on Au nanoparticles are injected into TiO2 and remain trapped on surface Ti distorted sites. The effect of the extra-charge is detected in RIXS that is able to separated Ti d- and p-orbitals.

RIXS reveals where TiO2 nanoparticles store electrons after plasmon-induced electron transfer from Au


The photo-catalytic performance of TiO2 nanoparticles can be improved by attaching metal particles that have strong absorption bands in the visible region of the light spectrum. An optically excited surface plasmon in Au metal particles may...


An active Ru-Pd bimetallic particle for the selective conversion of levulinic acid to γ-valerolactone.

Better together: a novel bimetallic catalyst for the efficient processing of biomass


Chemists from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, together with researchers at University College London (UK) and Lehigh University (USA), have managed to develop a novel bimetal alloy catalyst which is both faster and more efficient when...


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