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.

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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 of planning that suddenly turn into bright light: “You plan and plan and then the plans are changed anyway, but this time for the better. There were some problems this morning, but suddenly it went very fast and we saw the first beam just before noon.”

Associate Professor Kirsten Marie Ørnsbjerg Jensen, Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen is equally excited; “We are very much looking forward to the new possibilities that DanMAX will provide for our research in materials structure. The high X-ray flux that will be available at DanMAX will make it possible to obtain time-resolved X-ray diffraction data of very high quality. It will be possible for us to follow structural changes taking place during chemical reactions, which will provide new insight into e.g. material formation or catalytic reactions. This is essential for the development of new, improved materials. The short distance to Lund will be an enormous advantage for the development of our experiments, and there is no doubt that DanMAX will play a large role in Danish materials research in the future.”

DanMAX is a materials science beamline, dedicated to in situ and operando experiments on real materials. The beamline will have two endstations: one for full-field imaging, and one for powder X-ray diffraction. With a large and diverse user community, there will be a focus on high throughput and extended provision of data analysis tools. The combination of two related techniques will generate discussions between different communities and new collaborations, taking advantage of the high complementarity of the techniques.

Imaging is an emerging technique and Professor Henning Friis Poulsen, Department of Physics, DTU is looking forward to it being available at the facility: ”DANMax will comprise a leading instrument for 3D visualisation of materials and processes in a very wide range of scientific disciplines”.

Professor Bo Brummerstedt Iversen, Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University is also delighted; “Aarhus University has extensive research activities eg. within sustainable materials for the production, storage and conversion of green energy. With its enormous X-ray intensity, DanMAX will provide a unique insight into the atomic structure of materials, which is the prerequisite for designing new or improved materials. DanMAX will have the most powerful diffraction instrument in the world, and both Danish universities and industrial companies will be given a tool that can secure a leading position in material research. This is a cornerstone for developing transformative solutions for the green transition.”

DanMAX is funded by:
Ministry of Higher Education and Science, Denmark
The Capital Region, Denmark
Central Denmark Region, Denmark
Technical University of Denmark
Aarhus University, Denmark
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
MAX IV Laboratory, Sweden