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XMaS: The UK Materials Science Facility at the ESRF

qXMaS Synchrotron Facility

XMaS is an EPSRC funded mid-range facility supporting the UK materials science communities. It provides free at the point of access to synchrotron radiation at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble. A wide range of sample environments allow a diverse set of experiments to be performed using energies in the 2.4 to 15 keV range. Additional facilities exploiting these sample environments are possible using our laboratory spaces which include a new micro source x-ray facility.

Techniques Available

A wide range of x-ray techniques are available making use of white beam and monochromatic energies in the range of 2.4 to 15 keV:

Offline Facilities

X-ray Source

A Cu micro-source is available for use with most of the sample environments used on the main beamline

Laboratory Space

Electrical and magnetic characterisation of samples


XMaS featured in Soft Matter

Stevenson WD, An J, Zeng X, Min Xue, Zou H-X, Liu Y & Ungar G, "Twist-Bend Nematic Phase in Biphenylethane-based Copolyethers"

DOI: 10.1039/C7SM02525D and (supplem. doc.)


XMaS featured in Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation

Joly Y, Abisset A, Bailly A, De Santis M, Fettar F, Grenier S, Mannix D, Ramos AY, Saint-Lager M-C, Soldo-Olivier Y, Tonnerre J-M, Guda SA, and Gründer Y, “Simulation of Surface Resonant X-ray Diffraction”

J. Chem. Theory Comput. 14, 973-980 (2018)

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.7b01032

XMaS is a mid-range facility funded by the UK EPSRC and managed by the Universities of Warwick and Liverpool