Condensed Matter Physics
XMaS Beamline at the ESRF in Grenoble
The mid-range facility, managed by the Universities of Liverpool and Warwick, has a broad scope with 20 active UK research groups (representing approximately 100 researchers) covering research in materials science, physics, chemistry, soft condensed matter and biomaterials. It contributes to societal challenges such as energy storage and recovery, the digital economy and advances in healthcare technologies as well as underpinning the UK research infrastructure. The facility operates as a 'collaborative research group' at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility and is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
It is clear that research in diverse fields from nanoscience through energy research to next generation healthcare will benefit considerably from the exploitation of accelerator-based light sources. Such sources are either in use or under development in the USA, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Japan, Russia and Korea.
ALICE is the UK’s only 4th generation light source and has unique characteristics that give it advantages over other operating light sources. In particular, it complements the experimental capabilities available to UK users of FELIX supported by the EPSRC.
Nanomaterials Characterisation Laboratory
This laboratory consists of three UHV stations providing various techniques to probe surface and interfaces of materials.
Veal Group Facilities
This Laboratory is based in the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy and offers a range of equipment.