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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#weekendusers: Tracking nano-precipitates of MRI contrast agents in the liver

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#weekendusers Unravelling the great vision of flies

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Brittle star shows how to make tough ceramics

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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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Tracing titanium dioxide nanoparticles in the environment

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Fast in situ nanoimaging of particle sintering

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Latest publications

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Algal remodeling in a ubiquitous planktonic photosymbiosis

Decelle J., Stryhanyuk H., Gallet B., Veronesi G., Schmidt M., Balzano S., Marro S., Uwizeye C., Jouneau P.H., Lupette J., Jouhet J., Maréchal E., Schwab Y., Schieber N.L., Tucoulou R., Richnow H., Finazzi G., Musat N.,
Current Biology 29, 968-978 (2019)

Selective growth of ordered hexagonal InN nanorods

Zeghouane M., Avit G., Cornelius T.W., Salomon D., Andre Y., Bougerol C., Taliercio T., Meguekam-Sado A., Ferret P., Castelluci D., Gil E., Tournié E., Thomas O., Trassoudaine A.,
CrystEngComm 21, 2702-2708 (2019)