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Happy Holidays!

Dear MAX IV Community,

The past year has been exciting (and sometimes tumultuous!) but also very productive, with many outstanding achievements to reflect upon. Noteworthy accomplishments by the MAX IV staff include reaching the design stored current (500 mA) in beamline delivery mode on the 1.5 GeV ring, and demonstrating very short, < 30 fs RMS, pulses with the linear accelerator. In the 3 GeV ring, the design current (500 mA) was demonstrated during dedicated accelerator studies and two new undulators were installed.

Five new beamlines (FinEstBeAMS, FemtoMAX, Veritas, Bloch and Balder) have been brought into the commissioning phase and a more streamlined process for obtaining radiation safety permits has been established.

User operations with the automated sample changer at BioMAX has begun, exciting new results have been obtained at several beamlines with 470 user visits from 18 countries at MAX IV in 2018. Finally, the excellent performance of the MAX IV accelerators and beamlines is well noted by the worldwide scientific community.

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize not only their many accomplishments but also the hard work everyone at MAX IV has put in to make this an exceptional facility for science. I wish everyone and their families a warm and safe holiday season, and look forward to an even better year to come!


Ian McNulty

Director (interim) and Physical Sciences Director, MAX IV

Call for scientific sessions – UM19

The 2019 MAX IV user meeting will take place 23-25 September at Scandic Star Hotel in Lund. A website with program and registration will open in February.

Participate in organizing the meeting!
MAX IV and the user organization FASM invite you to contribute with:

  • Proposals for parallel sessions on 24 September. These can be a full day or half a day. 
  • Plans for satellite workshops or alike; meetings, training, tutorials. 

Please send us your ideas and commitment to before 16 January 2019.

In addition, the user meeting will feature facility updates, plenary talks, a poster session, a vendors exhibition and the MAX IV thesis and student poster awards. More details to be published on the website in February.

For the organizers:
Ana Labrador & Franz Hennies

Upcoming proposal calls

Commissioning expert call 
A call for experts to help with commissioning is planned for January 2019 (deadline 7 February) for these beamlines at MAX IV: 

  • FlexPES
  • FemtoMAX

These beamlines are in different project stages and commissioning activities with experts may take place during all of 2019 or even beyond. Detailed information about this call will be available on the website by 14 January. 

Regular open proposal call 
A call for beamtime in the August 2019 - January 2020 period is planned for mid-February (deadline 19 March) for these beamlines at MAX IV:

  • BioMAX – macromolecular crystallography
  • FinEstBeAMS – photoemission in gas-phase and photoluminescence spectroscopy
  • HIPPIE – ambient pressure x-ray photoemission spectroscopy
  • NanoMAX – hard x-ray nano-diffraction and imaging
  • BALDER – hard x-ray absorption
  • VERITAS – side branch
  • MAXPEEM – photoelectron microscopy
  • BLOCH – angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy

Detailed information about this call and the available capabilities at the beamline will be available on the website by 1 February.

FinEstBeAMS receiving regular users 2019

Researchers from Oulu University’s Synchrotron-based Atmospheric Research group have been commissioning a liquid jet at the FinEstBEAMS gas-phase endstation. They are studying atmospheric model systems for improving climate models, as part of their ERC funded project SURFACE.

The first proposal call for regular users to FinEstBeAMS closed 19 December and beamtime will be allocated from April 2019 up to the summer shutdown of the accelerator. Experiments will be done at the Gas-phase end station (GPES) and the Photoluminescence end station (FinEstLUMI).

Open positions

Be sure to always check our website for the latest openings!

Right now we are looking to fill these positions:

Catalyst studied at SPECIES

Sara Blomberg is a postdoc at Department of Chemical Engineering, Lund University. Her research project “In situ activation study of NiMo catalyst tailored for biofuel production” focuses on characterisation of catalysts used in the hydrogenation processes of depolymerisation of lignin.

Sara’s research project is part of the Lignin research project carried out at Lund University. Her part is to understand the fundamentals of the nickel-molybdenum catalysts doing the actual cutting of lignin. And for this, she has been using  XPS at the beamline SPECIES at MAX IV where she has done measurements using a  lab-source, a magnesium source to generate the X-rays.

HALOS - a unique collaboration in Life Science

A new EU project in the program area Öresund-Kattegatt-Skagerak (ÖKS) has been approved. The Hanseatic League of Science (HALOS) will build a unique collaboration between Hamburg and South-West Scandinavia, bring together the four unique research facilities MAX IV, ESS, DESY and European XFEL, and create a centre for integrated, world-leading Life Science innovation and research.

HALOS has a budget of 3.6 million EUR and enables further development of the highly successful ÖKS Interreg project ESS & MAX IV: Cross Border Science and Society. HALOS includes stakeholders from academia, regional development actors, research facilities and industry.

Knowledge exchange with SESAME

The Swedish Institute is funding scholarships for training for researchers related to the SESAME synchrotron in Jordan to come to MAX IV for 3 – 6 months. The first researcher to be awarded a grant is now in Lund and well underway with her training. Saima Rasheed is an Assistant Professor at the University of Karachi in Pakistan and joined MAX IV on the 16th of November working with Uwe Müller at the BioMAX beamline. Read more here.

The Bridge Summit 2019 is, more than ever, a marketplace for connecting international business with world-class materials and life science research to push for more sustainable growth.

During two days you will listen to inspiring Bridge Talks and high-level Interviews, take action at business and impact-oriented Bridge Markets and attend the biggest yet Bridge Future Dinner. The dinner concept has already seen several people share their thoughts about the future. This time we will be 150!

The Bridge Markets sessions are where you want to be If you are serious about making a difference, through yourself or your organisation. We are currently developing needs together with stakeholders in 14 cities on 4 continents and we invite you to be part of the collaboration! So sign up and let’s Bridge the gaps together!

The Bridge is initiated by Invest in Skåne and Medicon Village, Region Huvudstaden (Copenhagen region), Collodial Resources and the two state of the art research laboratories MAX IV and ESS, and is supported by dedicated stakeholders such as Region Skåne, Mobile Heights, Material Business Center, Science Village, RISE and Medicon Valley Alliance. 

As a partner to MAX IV, you are welcome to use the discount and get your ticket to The Bridge Summit, including the dinner, for only €200 (normal price €350). 

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