New scientific challenges

ESRF New Scientific challenges

New perspectives for science

The new storage ring, together with the most advanced portfolio of new beamlines, will enable scientists to bring X-ray science into research domains and applications that could not have been imagined a few years ago. With performances 100 times superior to present day synchrotrons, EBS will provide new tools for the investigation of materials and living matter from the macroscopic world down to the nanometre scale and even down to the single atom.

On June 27, 2017, the ESRF Council, representing the 22 partner nations of the synchrotron, gave the green light for the construction and commissioning of four new beamlines. These new beamlines, designed for the full exploitation of the enhanced performance of the first fourth-generation high-energy synchrotron, will enable scientists to write a new chapter in X-ray science:

  • Serial crystallography on macromolecular nano-crystals
  • Microscopy by hard X-ray diffraction on material complexity
  • Coherent X-rays for dynamics and imaging at the nano-scale
  • Large field phase-contrast tomography on meter-sized objects with nanoscale 3D-spatial resolution: GIGA-RANGE

Challenges and opportunities are many: inventing new, more targeted medicines, more effective treatments for cancer, creating more functional and sustainable materials, defining a new generation of semiconductors for the electronics industry, improving energy management, contributing to the production of healthier food, understanding the composition of our planet, unravelling the mysteries of humanity, preserving our cultural heritage. What’s more, they will provide unique opportunities for applied and innovation-driven research. The four new beamlines will be built between 2018 and 2022.