A record year for research at MAX IV

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MAX IV is making significant societal contributions in terms of record-high scientific productivity. In 2023, the number of publications increased by 51% compared to the previous year, and the number of unique users increased by 31%. Moreover, the number of proposals submitted in the most recent Open Call was higher than ever.

The data from 2023 indicates a rapidly growing interest to conduct research at MAX IV.

The latest Open Call, which closed in March 2024, received an all-time high of 459 proposals from national and international researchers who applied to use MAX IV this autumn.

The total number of proposals submitted in the 2023 Open Calls (717) was 14% higher than in 2022. 

These statistics are published in the MAX IV Annual Report 2023, which is now released. 

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From the new MAX IV Annual Report: 2023 in numbers.

Research on diabetes prevention, cancer radiotherapy, sustainable fuels, and better batteries 

MAX IV is quickly expanding its offerings to meet the demand and needs of researchers. 2023 was the first time all 16 funded beamlines were in operation and open for proposals after years of intense development work. 

Much of the published research makes up important puzzle pieces that contribute to a better, sustainable future and support the development of new and emerging technologies.

Examples of research published in 2023 include:

  • The optimisation of catalysts for cleaner air production
  • The generation of sustainable fuels
  • Energy materials that support the generation and storage of non-fossil fuels
  • Steps towards the prevention of diabetes
  • Contributions to a better understanding of cancer radiotherapy
  • More efficient Na-ion and Li-ion batteries

Read all the Highlights in the MAX IV Annual Report 2023.

2023 in numbers: Insights from the MAX IV Annual Report

  • +51% publications compared to 2022. 
  • +31% unique users.
  • 40,250 hours of used beamtime. 
  • +31% beamtime hours awarded to academic users through Open Calls.  
  • 14% of the beamtime connected with industry research. 
  • 834 paid proprietary beamtime hours. 
  • 64% Nordic users (affiliated with a home institution in the Nordics). 
  • 41% Swedish users (affiliated with a home institution in Sweden). 
  • 55% acceptance rate of proposals submitted by Swedish principal investigators (up from 46% in 2022).  
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Get the full picture

Read the report online: MAX IV Annual Report 2023 (ISSUU)

Download the report: MAX IV Annual Report 2023 (PDF)

NB: A few minor corrections have been made to the digital and printed versions since this article was published.