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Beauty of science: nanomechanics of a gold nanowire

26-06-2015

The picture shows a coherent Bragg diffraction image of a self-suspended Au nanowire forming a nanobridge that crosses Si microtrenches. The symmetry of the diffraction image shows that the wire is of high crystalline quality and a perfect starting point for deformation...

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First Users on ESRF ID30B

26-06-2015

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

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

18-06-2015

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 tools available. A team of...

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Compressed mineral nanoparticles make teeth tougher

10-06-2015

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 human teeth. Unlike normal...

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Flourish of medals for ESRF after Summer Atomiade

09-06-2015

The 15th edition of the ASCERI Summer Atomiade brought together more than 1200 competitors from 37 research institutes across Europe for two full days of sporting events that cover an impressive sweep of over 22 different disciplines.

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

03-06-2015

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 trigger a charge transfer...

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Beauty of science: inside a turtle egg

29-05-2015

The picture originates from an in ovo developmental survey of several species of turtles and crocodiles in collaboration with the crocodile farm in Pierrelatte, France. The initial X-ray imaging study was performed at beamline BM05 using fixed samples following a development...

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The ESRF launches a new generation of synchrotrons

28-05-2015

Today the ESRF officially launched Phase II of its innovative renovation project, the Upgrade Programme. The highlight and major technological challenge of this second step is the creation of an ultra-bright synchrotron source with performances 100 times superior to...

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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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