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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 Carbon

Zhou L, Fox L, Włodek M, Islas L, Slastanova A, Robles E, Bikondoa O, Harniman R, Fox N, Cattelan M, Briscoe WH, "Surface structure of few layer grapheme"

DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2018.04.089

XMaS Scientist Experience 2018

The winners have been announced. Information evenings will be held in Liverpool (8th May) and at the University of Warwick (23rd May). The 16 winners come from all over the country. Well done to them!


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