DanMAX is a materials science beamline, dedicated to in situ and operando experiments on real materials. The beamline will operate in the 15–35 keV range and have three endstation instruments: one for full field imaging instrument, one versatile powder diffraction setup using an area detector and a high resolution powder X-ray diffraction instrument using a microstrip detector.

DanMAX is primarily funded through Danish sources, however, the beamline is accessible through the MAX IV general user program.


Available forTechnique description
Commissioning expertsPowder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) in Debye-Scherrer geometry using 2D area detector in the energy range from 25-35 keV.
Commissioning expertsPXRD: Sample spinner in horizontal and vertical geometry. Rotation stage in vertical geometry.
Commissioning expertsPXRD: Sample temperature from 90 K to 400 K
Commissioning expertsPXRD: Stand-alone sample user-designed environments. Only pre-approved equipment – contact beamline staff.
Commissioning experts2D PXRD mapping using step scans.
Commissioning expertsTotal scattering, SDD~150mm, E=35 keV.


DanMAX is funded by:

  • Ministry of Higher Education and Science, Denmark
  • The Capital Region, Denmark
  • Central Denmark Region,
  • DenmarkTechnical University of Denmark
  • Aarhus University, Denmark
  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • MAX IV


DanMAX takes first light

Just before lunch 2 June 2020 the Danish beamline DanMAX saw first light. Representatives from DTU, Aarhus University and the University of Copenhagen followed the process online.   It was a happy beamline team that could share this moment and as Mads Ry Vogel Jørgensen, project manager diffraction, so adequately describes it it’s several years