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Small-angle X-ray scattering at high brilliance European synchrotrons for bio- and nano-technology

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 11934

  • Start date

    1 December 2005

  • End date

    30 November 2009

Funded under:

FP6-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 749 410

  • EU contribution

    € 3 575 000

Coordinated by:

EUROPEAN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY

Germany

Objective

This is an initiative of European groups involved in exploring novel scientific applications for the new generation of small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) beamlines at high brilliance synchrotron facilities. SAXS is a powerful technique providing unique information on the nanostructure and kinetics of condensed matter. With the upcoming of undulator beamlines at the first European 3rd generation synchrotron (ESRF), novel SAXS applications in the areas of very short time-scales (down to micro-seconds), v ery broad resolution range (from nanometer to micrometer) and ultra-small beam sizes (down to nano-scale) have been demonstrated. SAXS beamlines are available, to be upgraded or constructed at all major existing and planned European synchrotrons. The pr esent proposal joins the efforts of these facilities in the design of novel hardware and software components for the new beamline generation. The design and feasibility studies are envisaged on principally novel user-oriented solutions with clear Europea n added value. These include optical elements for nano-focussed beams and unique sample environment options for multidisciplinary studies (nano-manipulation, on-line micro-Raman, microspray and gel-filtration, cryo- and microfluidic devices). An integrat ed software system for automated data analysis will be created. The prototypes developed will set new standards for synchrotron SAXS in Europe allowing automated large-scale studies and cutting edge experiments. The infrastructure will be of particular i nterest for structural biology of proteins and macromolecular machines, in the studies of biological and advanced nanomaterials (e.g. tissues, fibroins, biomimetic devices, catalysis, composite materials), of crystallization and phase transition phenomena, surface chemistry etc. The users will further benefit from the Europe-wide sharing of resources in terms of beamline functionality and unification of data standards and analysis procedures.

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Coordinator

EUROPEAN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY

Address

Meyerhofstrasse 1
Heidelberg

Germany

Participants (5)

EUROPEAN SYNCHROTRON RADIATION FACILITY

France

AUSTRIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Austria

THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL

United Kingdom

THE UNIVERISTY OF LIVERPOOL

United Kingdom

SOCIÉTÉ CIVILE SYNCHROTRON SOLEIL

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 11934

  • Start date

    1 December 2005

  • End date

    30 November 2009

Funded under:

FP6-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 749 410

  • EU contribution

    € 3 575 000

Coordinated by:

EUROPEAN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY

Germany