Materials and Analytical Facilities
CRISP – Cluster of Research Infrastructures for Synergies in Physics
Dr. Michael Krisch
CRISP allows RIs to strengthen their role in the advancement of knowledge and stimulates scientific and technological progress. CRISP activities are of enormous benefit to large scale facilities – such as national light and x-ray sources, high-energy and nuclear facilities - in the European Research Area and beyond. The objective of the eleven participating Research Infrastructures (RIs) is to build up collaborations and to create long-term synergies to facilitate their implementation and enhance their efficiency and attractiveness. The CRISP project focuses on four areas: (i) Accelerators, (ii) Instruments & Experiments, (iii) Detectors & Data Acquisition, and (iv) Information Technology & Data Management. The exchange of know-how, together with the combined complementary expertise of CRISP members, ensures cost-efficient and coherent scientific progress.
EMFL – European Magnetic Field Laboratory
Dr. Mr. van Breukelen
The mission of the European Magnetic Field Laboratory (EMFL) is to develop and operate world class high magnetic field facilities and to use them for excellent research by in-house and external users. EMFL consists of four sites; Dresden (DE), Grenoble (FR), Nijmegen (NL) and Toulouse (FR) all possessing a large infrastructure to generate the highest fields with the most powerful magnets and equipped to do a wide variety of advanced experiments with them. EMFL will manage the scientific access of its users to its installations, the selection of the proposals being made by an independent external selection committee. EMFL has been granted a 3-year EU Preparation Phase Project (2011-2013) and is now in the process of being founded as an AISBL legal entity, to formalise the already far going cooperation between the four sites. EMFL will allow Europe to take the lead in the production and use of very high magnetic fields for scientific goals and face the global competition.
ESRFUP – ESRF Upgrade
Dr. Michael Krisch
The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility is funded and shared by 19 countries and brings together a wide range of disciplines including physics, chemistry and materials science, biology, medicine, environment and archaeology. With some 6400 scientific user visits each year, resulting in more than 1800 refereed publications, the ESRF is recognised as the world’s number one synchrotron light source. In order to maintain its leading role and to respond to emerging scientific challenges, the ESRF has been implementing since 2009 an ambitious ten-year Upgrade Programme, comprising (i) the construction of new and upgraded beamlines with unique performances, ensuring new scientific opportunities, (ii) major improvements of the accelerator complex, (iii) the development of productive science and technology driven partnerships with academic institutes and industrial partners, and (iv) the extension of the experimental hall to ensure the thermal and vibrational stability needed by the new beamlines.
EUMINAfab – Integrating European research infrastructures for micro-nano fabrication
Dr. Susan Anson
»EUMINAfab – Open access to European nano and micro centres
Nano and Microsystems technologies are widely accepted to have key relevance for a broad range of application areas. EUMINAfab is a European Research Infrastructure focusing on multimateral micro- and nanofabrication and characterization technologies. Innovative ideas employing solutions using these techniques require not only access to high end equipment but also the essential highly skilled personnel. The coordination of the facilities available at EUMINAfab’s specialist European partner sites leverages this innovation potential for the wider community. The environment of open innovation allows not only no-fee access to the technologies but also the necessary technology expertise and advice required to transform the innovative ideas of our users into reality. The FP7 Capacities funding enables us to accommodate users from academia and industry on a no fee basis for public research. The aim is to facilitate the use of high end nano and micro technologies to enable next generation products.
EuroFEL – Free electron lasers of Europe
Dr. Josef Feldhaus
»IRUVX-PP: The preparatory phase of EuroFEL
The IRUVX-PP project (April 2008 to March 2011) has prepared the creation of the EuroFEL consortium (previously called IRUVX-FEL) of national free electron laser (FEL) light sources as a unique, distributed European research infrastructure providing world-class instruments and service for novel and wide-ranging studies of matter by a multi-disciplinary science community. Its ensemble of light sources will complement present synchrotron radiation sources and conventional lasers. FELs are the flash cameras for the molecular world, adding the femtosecond time scale to nanometer microscopy for observing e.g. the fundamental processes governing all chemical phenomena. Scientific challenges and opportunities will open for a wide range of scientific disciplines, ranging from the physics of atoms, molecules and clusters to plasma physics, chemistry, materials and life sciences.
FRM II – Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz
Dr. Jürgen Neuhaus
»FRM II: Neutrons for Research, Industry and Medicine
The Technische Universität München (TUM) operates the neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz in Garching, Germany. The scientific use is managed by a consortium of the TUM and centers of the Helmholtz association in Jülich (FZJ), Geesthacht (HZG) and Berlin (HZB). The neutron source acts as a service facility for national and international scientists. Applications for beam time are peer reviewed by international committees twice a year. Funded as a national, German facility, European users are supported by an Integrated Infrastructure Initiative NMI3, funded up to now through FP6 and FP7. About 40% of the available beam time is attracted by international research teams. In addition to basic research a special focus is on industrial and medical usage of the FRM II. Whereas the irradiation facility for transmutation doping of Si plays the most important role for industrial applications, radioisotope production and direct treatment of patients with fast neurons cover the medical usage.
QNano – A pan-European infrastructure for quality in nanomaterials safety testing
Dr. Sergio Anguissola
QNano is a research infrastructure for characterisation of nanomaterials for safety assessment, funded through the FP7 Capacities programme. QNano is creating a neutral space for nanosafety evaluations shaped by best practice and mutually recognised round-robin validated methodology. QNano has created an integrated framework for funded access to leading facilities for nanomaterials synthesis and characterisation facilities and provides an extensive range of support services for users and stakeholders. Access is via 6-monthly calls announced on the QNano website: www.qnano-ri.eu. Dynamic networking activities are conducted through a series of hubs, including one fostering excellence in knowledge transfer for safety assessment and another focusing on development and provision of positive and negative control nanomaterials for selected biological endpoints. Partners in QNano are conducting research activities including refining current approaches for the reduction in variability between nanomaterial batches, developing reliable labeling techniques and proposing new methods for identification and characterisation of nanomaterials in situ.