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Crossed Ga2O3/SnO2 multiwire architecture: a study of local structure with nanometre resolution

27-10-2014

Crossed nanowire structures are the basis for the high-density integration of a variety of nanodevices. The intersections of the nanowires play a critical role in creating hybrid architectures, therefore a nanometre-scale investigation of the local structure within...

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The shell of Giant Mediterranean fan mussel provides new insights into biomineralisation

23-10-2014

Scientists have followed the growth process of a giant Mediterranean fan mussel by creating a 3D reconstruction of part of its shell, using X-rays at the European Synchrotron, the ESRF. The study of the mollusk has revealed fundamental detail about how the shell forms,...

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ESRF welcomes hundreds for Fête de la Science open day

20-10-2014

Hundreds of people visited the European Synchrotron, the ESRF, over the weekend as part of Fête de la Science. The facility, along with the Institute Laue-Langevin, which is on the same site in Grenoble, opened its doors to members of the public during the three week...

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ESRF hosts a visit from the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility

14-10-2014

The European Synchrotron, the ESRF, has hosted a delegation from the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF). Representatives from both organisations met during the two day visit to discuss the potential for future collaboration.

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Ultra-fast processes imaged with picosecond hard X-ray flashes

10-10-2014

Ultra-fast processes such as shock waves or crack propagation in solid matter can now be studied by direct space imaging thanks to single-bunch imaging techniques. The flash of X-ray light from a single bunch of electrons in the storage ring lasts only a few hundred...

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ESRF celebrates the International Year of Crystallography during Fête de la Science

07-10-2014

The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, the ESRF, is celebrating the International Year of Crystallography during the three week Fête de la Science festival. Underway right now in Grenoble and running until 19 October, Fête de la Science provides hundreds of ways...

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

01-10-2014

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, on 1 October 1994....

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Spheres becoming worms: elucidating the transformation of surfactant micelles

26-09-2014

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 such transformations....

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

24-09-2014

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 to work out how best to...

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

12-09-2014

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 for senses such as taste,...

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Beauty of science: silver nanoparticles for burn treatment

28-08-2014

Silver atoms show up as red in this X-ray fluorescence image of a region within the skin tissues below a burn treated with a silver nanoparticle dressing. Silver has accumulated in the tissue surrounding a vascularised region in the centre of the image.

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ESRF has helped 800 graduates obtain their diploma

21-08-2014

This year the ESRF topped the 800-mark for the number of undergraduate and postgraduate diplomas obtained by students having carried out part or the totality of their placement in-house.

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Beauty of science: solar cell surface

20-08-2014

The image shows the surface of a silicon solar cell viewed under an optical microscope.

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

18-08-2014

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 concentrations and may not...

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Secrets of Stardust Studied at the ESRF

14-08-2014

Interstellar Dust Particles captured during NASA's Stardust Mission were studied using the ESRF's ultra-bright X-rays. The ESRF was one of the international research laboratories selected by NASA to study these nanoscopic materials. Findings show that the particles...

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