The world’s leading material scientists agree on new instrument

The world’s leading material scientists agree on new instrument

Some of the world’s leading researchers in material research gathered in Odense, Denmark in January 2017 to agree on the final details of DanMAX – the future Danish beamline at MAX IV. MAX IV will be one of the world’s leading X-ray sources when it is in full operation in a few years. At MAX IV it will be possible to perform experiments that are both faster and provide more detailed images than at other synchrotrons around the world.

The DanMAX meeting in Odense included the future users of the beamline.

“We had invited researchers and industries who already use these types of instruments to involve them in the planning of the final technical details of the two instruments at DanMAX. The 55 participants were very enthusiastic and came with good and relevant input for the final design of the instruments,” says Mads Ry Jørgensen, Aarhus University, who along with Innokenty Kantor, DTU Physics, is responsible for building DanMAX.


A strong community for material research

To gather such a large community of researchers for a facility that will not be ready before a few years is unique.

“We have a group of world leading scientists in Denmark using synchrotron radiation for analysis of materials. The scientists can roughly be divided into two areas of research, using either imaging or diffraction method. The first method makes it possible to see the structure of a material in 3D. The second provides a fingerprint of the atomic structures. DanMAX will have instruments for both methods ” says Professor Henning Friis Poulsen, Department of Physics and a member of the DanMAX steering committee.

As the need to gain knowledge of the materials at an atomic level but also on a larger scale has increased, so has the interest for a beamline with both instruments – like DanMAX.


Danish companies see potential in using DanMAX

“A detailed understanding of materials is vital for us to further develop and improve chemical products and processes, that we sell worldwide. Our products, catalysts, consists of many small and different components. Thus, we need advanced techniques to understand their impact and interaction. Therefore, we use synchrotrons, for example in Germany, France and the United States and we look forward to use DanMAX too, “says Research Scientist Christoffer Tyrsted, Haldor Topsoe.

“It is also a unique opportunity to create a better cooperation between the various research centres in Denmark, making use of the synchrotron techniques. Experience exchange between researchers and other industries helps to initiate new joint projects and learning from each other’s way of solving problems and challenges, “adds Christopher Tyrsted, who expects to use DanMAX about one week a year.


Next user meeting at MAX IV

The future DanMAX users agreed to meet again next year at MAX IV. The instruments at DanMAX will be installed during 2017 and 2018, after which they will be commissioned.

“We believe that we can create a strong community around the new beamline. There is already a large interest in analysis of a very broad group of materials, ranging from food and medicine to batteries and other energy technologies. Therefore, our instruments will be designed to accommodate many different types of samples. In addition, our aim is to be able to attract more industries that could benefit from the opportunities MAX IV offers. There is no doubt that product development in many cases can get a huge boost with measurements from DanMAX which will provide insight into the structure, properties, and behaviour of the materials or products. ” concludes Mads Ry Jørgensen.