Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) is a non-destructive method to study the nanoscale structure of any type of material ranging from new composite nanosystems to biological macromolecules. Parameters as (i) averaged particle sizes, shapes and distributions, (ii) the materials' porosity and degree of crystallinity as well as (iii) electron density maps with nanometer precision can be obtained. Materials can be solid, liquid or even exhibit gaseous-like properties as for instance aerosols.
Time-resolved studies on structural transitions can be performed in different time scales down to the sub-millisecond time region in solutions and partly ordered systems containing structures of up to 100 nm in real-space. Also self-assembly processes on surfaces, or structural characterisations of thin films, can be studied.
SAXS measurements can be performed with many different sample environments (i.e. autosampler, flow through cell, humidity cell etc). Simultenously to SAXS, also Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Wide Angle X-ray Scattering (WAXS) recordings can be done. Users have the possibility to use our various sample holders (e.g., rapid mixing; T-scans; pressure cell, …), or to install their own specialized sample equipment.
The use of the beamline requires the presence of a trained operator. For prolonged access, training can be provided upon agreement.
Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste,
c/o Area Science Park - Basovizza
Strada Statale 14 km 163,5 - 34149 Trieste, Italy
Dr. Sigrid Bernstorff (Elettra) & Heinz Amenitsch (TU Graz)
Elettra +39-0403758572 & +39-0403758044