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MAX IV Laboratory – an enabling research infrastructure for science and innovations

The inauguration of MAX IV Laboratory on 21th June 2016 launches a new era of scientific research for Finnish scientists. A doctoral training network coordinated by TUT and a single point of contact at TUT help our researchers to capitalize on the potential of the new infrastructure.
MAX IV Laboratory is the next-generation synchrotron radiation center in Lund, Sweden. Photo: MAX IV Laboratory.
MAX IV Laboratory is the next-generation synchrotron radiation center in Lund, Sweden. Photo: MAX IV Laboratory.

The year 2016 is a special year in Lund, Sweden. The next-generation synchrotron radiation facility, MAX IV Laboratory, will be inaugurated in the 21st of June 2016. At the same time it is also a landmark year for the Finnish researchers, including those at Tampere University of Technology, who have contributed to the design and construction of the new facility.

The inauguration of MAX IV Laboratory launches a new era of scientific research in the Nordic-Baltic region. The new world-class research infrastructure will facilitate experimental techniques that are not available elsewhere. These techniques are enabled by the extremely bright light produced in the accelerator rings at MAX IV Laboratory. The light emitted by relativistic electrons spans the spectrum from ultraviolet light to hard x-rays. The light is extracted, monochromatized and utilized at dozens of research stations known as  'beamlines', which surround the accelerator rings. The photon energy, polarization and even the time structure of the light in pico- and femtosecond regime can be tuned to optimize individual experiments.

The first light at MAX IV Laboratory.

What kind of research does MAX IV Laboratory offer?

MAX IV Laboratory is a truly multidisciplinary research infrastructure. This has been nationally recognized by the admission of MAX IV Laboratory on the Finnish Research Infrastructure Roadmap, Finnish Research Infrastructure (FIRI) grants from Academy of Finland, financial contributions from TUT and two other Finnish universities, as well as the national long-term commitment to cover operating costs of the MAX IV Laboratory facility.

In general, MAX IV Laboratory facilitates spectroscopy and imaging of, for instance, the atomic and electronic structure, chemical composition, chemical reactions, electron transfer processes, and functionalities of materials at an unparalleled level. It enables breakthrough research across a number of key research areas such as energy- and eco-efficiency (e.g. solar cells and photoelectrocatalysts), health technology (e.g. human spare parts, diagnostic technologies and macromolecular crystallography of new drugs), development of novel functional materials (e.g. drug-delivering aerosols and corrosion/fouling resistance), and light-based technologies (e.g. photonic materials and light-controlled materials).  Hence, MAX IV Laboratory is typically utilized in connection with your present research activities to obtain the final cutting-edge results that boost the level of your research from good to excellent and, consequently, suitable for publication in the few top generic international science journals.

How to access and utilize MAX IV Laboratory?

Access to MAX IV Laboratory’s various beamlines is obtained through submission of a research proposal that is peer-reviewed by an international panel of scientific experts.  Applications are submitted once or twice a year. It is advisable that any group applying for a beamtime at MAX IV demonstrates in their proposal that their research has reached a mature stage and that they are looking for the kind of highlight results that only the utilization of synchrotron radiation facilities can provide. Once granted, a typical research time slot is 1-2 weeks long, during which the beamline is available to the researchers for 24 hours a day. It is not unusual that research is conducted in 2-3 shifts to maximize the use of available research time.

Due to the close geographical proximity of MAX IV Laboratory to Finland and the absence of a user-fee, visits to the infrastructure are economic for Finnish scientists when compared to visits to other similar facilities. Typically, sending two senior researchers and two doctoral students to MAX IV Laboratory for one week of experiments incurs travel and accommodation costs of about 5000 €.

Upon arrival at MAX IV Laboratory, the local staff is available to advise and help researchers in the use of the facility. More importantly, we at Surface Science Laboratory in Optoelectronics Research Centre are your single point of contact for all enquiries. We are more than pleased to assist you if you are interested in taking advantage of MAX IV Laboratory in your research. We have more than a decade of experience in utilizing synchrotron radiation facilities world-wide and have a network of expert contacts if your research case requires techniques that fall outside our immediate expertise. We can always help you to judge if the facilities at MAX IV Laboratory will benefit your research as well as advice you on your beamtime application procedure. Furthermore, we can also facilitate TUT's industrial partners ranging from large multinational companies through to SMEs and start-ups to exploit MAX IV Laboratory either using Proprietary Access or Peer Reviewed Access.

Do you want to know more about MAX IV Laboratory?

Surface Science Laboratory has already engaged some research groups at TUT to showcase the potential of the MAX IV facilities for their research and we warmly welcome your invitation, if you want to know more about the MAX IV Laboratory. Also, as a part of our ongoing efforts to bring the benefits of MAX IV Laboratory to Finnish researchers, and researchers at TUT in particular, a new doctoral training network, Nordic Network of Advanced Materials Science at Large Scale Photon Sources, has been launched in 2016. The network is coordinated by TUT and it aims at educating young researchers on the benefits of synchrotron radiation in materials science.

Contact information:

Senior Research Fellow Mika Hirsimäki ()

Prof. Mika Valden ()

News submitted by: Mika Hirsimäki
News updated by: Mika Puonti
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