Not so long ago, graphene was proclaimed a new wonder-material thanks to its outstanding mechanical, chemical, and electronic properties. While mass-production of graphene-based devices is yet to come true, the extensive research within one-atom-thick materials has helped to discover a few other “flatlands”: silicene, germanene and borophene (one-atom-thick sheets of silicon, germanium and boron).
The FlexPES beamline has recently welcomed its first regular user, conducting experiments on a new type of semi-transparent solar cells. With its two branches and up to four focal points, FlexPES allows for research spanning over several scientific fields, from surface and material science, to studies on low-density matter. Commissioning activities for the FlexPES
An article recently published in 2D Materials shows the first experimental evidence of the successful formation of arsenene, an analogue of graphene with noteworthy semiconducting properties. This material shows a great potential for the development of new nanoelectronics. Crucial sample preparation and electron spectroscopy experiments were performed at the Bloch beamline at MAX IV. The
NanoMAX beamline group (from left): Maik Kahnt, Simone Sala, Alexander Björling, Sebastian Kalbfleisch, Ulf Johansson Operational performance at MAX IV does live up to theoretical calculation. As published in the journal Optics Express, diagnostics data from NanoMAX beamline confirms the X-ray source delivers simultaneous high coherence and high intensity on sample. The beamline also
In a new publication in Nature Communications, a team from the Dutch company Syngaschem BV and the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research elucidates for the first time some aspects of the Fischer-Tropsch reaction, used for converting synthesis gas into synthetic fuels. Analysis performed at HIPPIE beamline at MAX IV were instrumental to achieve these
Nanoparticles used as a well-ordered model system for the complex industrial catalyst. Using a model system it is possible to achieve atomic resolution of the catalysts. Credit: Sara Blomberg The future of efficient biofuel production is within reach. With measurements from MAX IV’s SPECIES beamline, a group from Lund University and RISE, Research Institutes
While studying a class of copper-containing enzymes, a team of researchers discovered and characterised a new family of fungal proteins. Their study has now been published on Nature Chemical Biology, including analysis performed at BioMAX. The article is published together with a parallel study that sheds light on one of the potential biological roles of
In a paper published in October 2019, researchers from different institutions came to MAX IV to study timing performance of scintillators, materials employed in applications such as cancer diagnosis. At FemtoMAX they achieved an instrumental time resolution of 38 picoseconds, something never recorder in literature before. FemtoMAX, the ultrafast beamline at MAX IV, is now
Thanks to new technological advancements, materials with cross-luminescence are getting new attention after a long period of reduced research activity. Users at FinEstBeAMS from University of Tartu work at gaining new knowledge on cross-luminescent compounds. Scintillators are compounds capable of emitting light when excited by an ionizing radiation, such as X- and gamma-rays or high
Understanding chemical processes, such as catalysis, at the atomic level is a complex endeavour. It requires a thorough experimental design, which spans from choosing and developing the right model, to using the best instrument to perform controlled and advanced analysis. The latter aspect is where MAX IV comes into play with its state-of-the-art beamlines.