Finnish universities expanding their cooperation with MAX IV

Finnish universities expanding their cooperation with MAX IV

The Finnish cooperation with MAX IV brings new potential users to the synchrotron. Here a photo from the visit in December by Genome of Steel from Oulu University. In the picture, from left to right: Rainer Pärna, beamline manager FinEstBeAMS, Samuli Urpelainen, beamline manager SPECIES, Timo Fabritius, Prof. Process Metallurgy Unit, Head of Unit, Christoph Quitmann, Director MAX IV Laboratory, Mahesh Somani, Adj Prof. Physical Metallurgy Group, Marko Huttula, Prof. Nano and Molecular systems Research Unit, Head of Unit, Antti Kivimäki, beamline scientist FinEstBeAMS, Wei Cao, Adj.Prof. Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit, Jukka Kömi, Prof. Materials and Production Engineering Unit, Head of Unit, Ville-Valtteri Visuri, PhD student Process Metallurgy.


The longstanding collaboration, dating back more than 20 years, of Finnish universities and users to MAX IV laboratory has taken a new phase. Through an agreement signed in the very last days of November, a Finnish university consortium – FIMAX – will expand and deepen this collaboration.

Professor Marko Huttula from Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit at the University of Oulu acts as a coordinator of the Finnish participation.

Huttula made his first experiment in MAX-lab on 1998 during the birth of Finnish-Swedish I411 beamline, and now he sees a lot of benefits with the new agreement.

– The engaged long-term relationship between Finland and Sweden in MAX IV synchrotron radiation facility will boost the knowledge of the availability of the possibilities offered for the research. I do believe increasing interests will arise from the traditionally technical fields of R&D as well as from bio and medical research. The need on understanding the structure and functions of materials and processes on the finest detail will definitely make the synchrotron radiation more and more attracting.

Collaboration between the Finland and MAX IV is included in the Finnish Research Infrastructure roadmap 2014–2020. The new agreement defines the Finnish participation and support to MAX IV in the forms of providing know-how, funding contributions to specific infrastructures, covering parts of the operational cost of the laboratory and human resources to support the collaboration. In return MAX IV contributes to the collaboration by granting the FIMAX consortium the possibility to construct and operate instrumentation at MAX IV, provide guaranteed access time to FIMAX, as well as granting FIMAX membership in the University Reference Group, the Scientific Advisory Committee, the Industrial Reference Group and relevant Program Advisory Committees.

– This is yet another step towards making MAX IV even more international and I welcome the effort and determination shown by the Finnish universities and users over the decades that has been and will continue to be very fruitful for all parties involved, says director Christoph Quitmann. – It is our ambition to extend the opportunity to make collaboration agreements to university consortiums from other countries, but also to national and international industrial consortiums in need of advanced research technology and the competence and capabilities available at MAX IV.

Three of the Finnish universities, University of Oulu, University of Turku and Tampere University of Technology, already have separate cooperation agreements in place concerning the build-up and operation of the Finnish-Estonian beamline FinEstBeAMS which recently received first undulator light from the 1,5 GeV storage ring.

The FIMAX Consortium will over time incorporate the Finnish universities as well as other Finnish public organisation with interest in using MAX IV Laboratory.