News

Latest News items, Press Releases and Spotlight on Science articles

From "alien" rivers to materials for technology

02-12-2016

Spanish and French scientists devote 15 years to the study of one of the most acidic rivers in the world and come up with a way of cleaning it, with a surprise in store.

Read more...

The structure of an activated G protein coupled receptor bound to an engineered G protein

tate-feature
29-11-2016

Development of an engineered G protein, mini-Gs, has simplified the structure determination of a mini-Gs—bound G protein-coupled receptor (GPCRs) in a fully-active state. Similar strategies can now be applied to other GPCRs, which will advance our understanding of GPCR...

Read more...

#weekendusers The quest to preserve “The Scream”

25-11-2016

The yellow pigment in the masterpiece “The Scream” is fading. This weekend, an international team of chemists is on beamline ID21 trying to find out why, in order to preserve it from degradation.

Read more...

The birth of the brightest red glowing protein

23-11-2016

The brightest red fluorescent protein ever, mScarlet, has just been engineered by researchers at the University of Amsterdam, the Institut de Biologie Structurale, IBS (CEA/CNRS/University Grenoble Alpes) and the ESRF. mScarlet can be used to monitor the activity in...

Read more...

#weekendusers The challenges of studying the heartbeat

18-11-2016

​A team from the University of Florence (Italy) and VU university Medical School of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) is working this weekend on beamline ID02 doing a very complex experiment to learn how the heart contraction is regulated with the ultimate aim to better tackle...

Read more...

Stable subnanometric platinum catalyst characterised by XAS

17-11-2016

Single metal atoms and clusters have unique catalytic properties compared with conventional nanoparticulate catalysts. In this work, subnanometric Pt species (single atoms and clusters) were encapsulated within a three-dimensional zeolite MCM-22 during its synthesis...

Read more...

First users on brand new beamline ID15

10-11-2016

The new ID15 beamline, with a branch for high pressure experiments and another one for materials chemistry and materials engineering, is officially inaugurated. Last weekend, the first two teams of users exploited its possibilites, studying 3D printed catalysts and...

Read more...

#weekendusers Resolving the mystery of the Earth’s missing gas

04-11-2016

The atmospheres of the Earth and Mars are depleted of the noble gas Xenon, whilst meteorites similar to the rocky material that formed the Earth have it in abundance. All the other so-called noble gases appear in the Earth, Mars and meteorites. So what happened to Xenon...

Read more...

Crystal structure of PolD provides a novel paradigm for the classification of DNA polymerases

01-11-2016

Polymerase D, PolD, an archaeal replicative DNA polymerase, is the only class of DNA-polymerases whose structure remains unknown and for which the catalytic domain has no assigned fold. The structure of both catalytic subunits of PolD was determined using data collected...

Read more...

#weekendusers Catalysis in a nanoparticle

28-10-2016

How do you study a single nanoparticle in a catalyst as it works? This is the challenge of a team of scientists from DESY who will spend this weekend on ID01, characterising a tiny iridium particle of 100 nanometres in a small catalyst model. The aim: to get insight...

Read more...

#weekendusers: Finding out how viruses package the genome

21-10-2016

Viruses are ubiquitous pathogens in all types of life forms. They cause major public health issues and create serious economic concerns worldwide. These infectious agents replicate inside the living cells of other organisms by selectively capturing in the host cell...

Read more...

The First UAE Synchrotron User Meeting

20-10-2016

On 6 December 2016 in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the first UAE Synchrotron User Meeting. International synchrotron experts and UAE scientists will meet and discuss how the UAE can benefit from synchrotron light.

Read more...

Perovksite solar cells under the nXRD microscope

17-10-2016

A new technique based on scanning nanofocus X-ray diffraction paves the way for a better understanding of the links between crystal structure and morphology of the perovskite photo-active layer employed in third-generation solar cells.

Read more...

Caroline Bissardon wins the L’Oréal UNESCO Women in Science award

12-10-2016

Caroline Bissardon, ESRF user, is one of the recipients of the L’Oréal UNESCO Women in Science awards this year. At 25, she is researching the unexplored role of selenium in cartilage as the subject of her PhD and has used the ESRF extensively.

Read more...

Magnetic refrigeration: unusual interplay between magnetism and chemical bonding revealed

11-10-2016

Magnetic refrigeration is based on the magnetocaloric effect, which is associated with the temperature change of a material when placed in a magnetic field. X-ray techniques and DFT calculations were used to investigate the first-order magnetoelastic transitions of...

Read more...