Consumer products based on soft matter technology very often exhibit macroscopic properties, which are strongly dependent on their micro- and nano-structures extending over multiple size scales. Synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) techniques provide complementary information to electron microscopy and help researchers to gain better insight into the structural details of a given specimen from atomic or molecular to mesoscopic scales.
The scattering techniques can be combined with various sample environments (e.g. in-situ rheology, rapid mixing, varying temperature, humidity or pressure) for probing in-situ real-time structural dynamics, crystallisation/dissolution kinetics, or out-of-equilibrium dynamics. Sub-micron beams enable high real-space spatial resolution studies of heterogeneous specimens.
The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) operates a suite of advanced instruments with a wide range of sample environments mimicking industrial processing conditions and operated by a dedicated staff of experts, on hand to advise users. Industrially relevant research is supported both through collaborations / partnerships with industry, as well as through fast and flexible access via proprietary experiments.
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