Wood is a fiber composite material which exhibits structure at many different length scales. Many properties of wood, such as its excellent mechanical properties, are attributed to this hierarchical structure. Wood is also an abundant renewable resource. A focus of current research is thus to develop new material concepts from wood, yielding bio-based materials and products with improved properties or even new functionality. Examples of possible applications range from textiles and personal care products, via fire-retardant insulation materials and cellulose-based 3D printing, to smart window panes and electronics applications.

MAX IV will facilitate these research developments together with academic and industrial partners through the ForMAX project, a versatile instrument dedicated to structural characterisation from macroscopic to atomic length scales by combining x-ray imaging with small- and wide-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS and WAXS). The high-performance x-ray beam at ForMAX will be complemented by several dedicated sample environments, and we foresee studies ranging, e.g., from in-situ pulp processing to structural characterisation of nanocellulose-based advanced materials.

ForMAX will provide unique materials characterisation possibilities via simultaneous, temporally resolved SAXS, WAXS, and x-ray imaging. It will thus meet the needs of a large and broad user community, whether studying wood-based or other materials.

Techniques SAXS/WAXS, scanning SAXS/WAXS, full-field imaging.
Beam Size Depends on mode of operation.
Energy Range 8-25 keV (preliminary).
Time Scales Depends on mode of operation.
Samples Wood-based materials, soft matter.


ForMAX User Workshop January 23rd

We are pleased to announce the first ForMAX User Workshop on the 23rd of January, 2018. MAX IV has together with academic and industrial partners recently secured funding for the construction of ForMAX – a combined scattering and imaging beamline for structural characterization of complex materials from atomic/molecular to mm length scales. A special focus