ID16B - Nano-analysis Beamline


ID16B is a hard X-ray nanoprobe dedicated to 2D or 3D analysis of nano-scaled materials combining X-ray fluorescence (XRF), diffraction (XRD), absorption spectroscopy (XAS), excited optical luminescence (XEOL), X-ray beam induced current (XBIC) and phase contrast imaging. Low temperature, in-situ or in-operando sample environments can be accommodated.
Status:  open


  • Environmental Sciences
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Physics
  • Materials and Engineering
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Chemistry
  • Life Sciences


  • Mantle
  • Upper mantle
  • Earth crust
  • Extraterrestrial materials
  • Spintronics
  • Microelectronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Solar cells
  • Cancer research
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Bone research
  • Toxicology of environmental metals


  • X-ray excited optical luminescence
  • XRD - X-ray diffraction
  • Tomography
  • MicroXRF - micro X-ray fluorescence
  • MicroXANES - micro X-ray absorption near-edge structure
  • Imaging, phase-contrast

Energy range

  • 6.0 - 65.0  keV

Beam size

  • Minimum (H x V) : 50.0 x 50.0  nm²
  • Maximum (H x V) : 1.0 x 0.1  µm²


  • Two 3-elements Si drift detectors
  • One 7-elements Si Drift Detector
  • FReLoN 4M
  • FReLoN FK4320T (Kodak)

News from ID16B

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Metal particles of implants penetrate into the bone marrow

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Light but mighty: researchers find the key for a resistant alga

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The key to the efficiency of new solar cells

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Real-time detection of molecules secreted from single cells stimulated by an X-ray nanobeam

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Spinodal decomposition governs the formation of the multi-scale structure of the skeletal elements of the brittle star

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Inflammation increases gadolinium retention in the brain after administration of a linear gadolinium-based contrast agent

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Degradation of silicon-based anodes for lithium-ion batteries followed by in situ X-ray tomography

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Latest publications

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Remote doping of scalable nanowire branches

Friedl M., Cerveny K., Huang C., Dede D., Samani M., Hill M.O., Morgan N., Kim W., Güniat L., Segura-Ruiz J., Lauhon L.J., Zumbühl D.M., Fontcuberta i Morral A.,
Nano Letters 20, 3577-3584 (2020)