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

21-05-2015

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 performing a crucial intermediate...

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New iron hydrides synthesised under pressure

12-05-2015

Many calculations have predicted exceptional properties of hydrides at high pressure, namely a high hydrogen storage capacity and a possible conventional high Tc superconductivity. Yet, these properties remain to be tested. Scientists working at the ESRF have observed...

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The Max Perutz Prize awarded to Professor John R. Helliwell

11-05-2015

The Max Perutz Prize of the European Crystallographic Association has been awarded to Professor John R. Helliwell, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, University of Manchester for “his long, generous and fruitful dedication to developing all aspects of the use of synchrotron...

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New Head for the Instrumentation Services and Development Division

07-05-2015

ESRF Management has appointed Michael Krisch as the new Head of the Instrumentation Services and Development Division. Michael replaces Jean Susini, who recently joined Harald Reichert as Director of Research. The appointment comes into effect from 1 June 2015 for five...

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What is between the amorphous native oxide layer and the underlying crystalline silicon?

30-04-2015

Silicon surfaces are passivated by a silicon oxide layer. X-ray reflectivity measurements at the ESRF show that the junction between the silicon oxide and crystalline silicon layers has a low density region, for which the reflectivity measurements concord with only...

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Tracking exploding Lithium-ion batteries in real-time

28-04-2015

What happens when lithium-ion batteries overheat and explode has been tracked inside and out for the first time by a UCL-led team using sophisticated 3D imaging.

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ESRF host a visit from the Italian CNR

VISIT OF DR SPINELLA_CNR PRESIDENT
10-04-2015

A delegation led by Dr. C. Spinella of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) visited the ESRF today, 10 April 2015.

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The core of the moon revealed by synchrotron light

10-04-2015

Seismic recordings obtained by the Apollo space programme (Apollo lunar surface experiments package) provide valuable information about the inner structure of the moon. However, this data is not sufficient to determine the structure and the properties of the lunar core....

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Strong X-ray magneto-chiral dichroism in paramagnetic molecular helices

30-03-2015

Chiral systems, objects that are not superimposable on their mirror images, show differential absorption of left and right circularly polarised light. When chiral systems are also magnetic, they can adsorb unpolarised light in a different way depending on the direction...

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Diamonds have just become a scientist's best friend

16-03-2015

Diamond’s high chemical and temperature stability make it an ideal material for lenses that focus tiny but powerful synchrotron X-ray beams. However, machining diamond is very difficult because of its hardness. Scientists at the ESRF have successfully tested diamond...

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What’s going on at the centre of the Earth? Scientists think they have the answer

04-03-2015

Scientists looking for answers to questions such as ‘how did the Earth form 4.6 billion years ago?’ and ‘why do the current conditions on the Earth’s surface exist?’ have a new explanation for the way that the materials inside the Earth’s core are behaving. Examining...

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20 places up for grabs in ESRF-ILL second joint international student programme

03-03-2015

Undergraduate students are being offered the chance of four weeks invaluable experience living and working as scientists in the capital of the Alps in Grenoble, France. The joint ESRF-ILL international student summer programme is running for a second time after the...

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Interfacial magnetic coupling in oxide superconductor/ferromagnet heterostructures revealed by X-ray absorption spectroscopy

26-02-2015

Superconductivity and ferromagnetism are usually incompatible phenomena and their mutual influence is known to be a proximity effect. Using a combination of polarisation dependent X-ray absorption spectroscopy and atomically resolved electron spectromicroscopy, the...

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Young Scientist of the Year unveiled at ESRF Users' Meeting

13-02-2015

The European Synchrotron, the ESRF, has announced its 2015 Young Scientist of the Year award at the 25th annual ESRF Users' Meeting this week. (9-11 February 2015). Beatrice Ruta, a Beamline Scientist at the ESRF, was given the accolade for her published works on the...

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Universal solvent restructuring induced by colloidal nanoparticles

26-01-2015

Colloidal nanoparticles are widely used in dispersed form for consumer and industrial goods. However, little is known about the chemical environment near the particle surface. Using high-energy X-ray scattering at the ESRF, it has now been shown that nanoparticles subtly...

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