Laboratory for X-ray Nanoscience and Technologies
The Laboratory for X-ray Nanoscience and Technologies' (LXS) mission is to perform fundamental and applied research with focus on nanoscience by leveraging the synergies between advanced micro/nanofabrication and large-scale facilities, particularly the Swiss Light Source (SLS) and the SwissFEL. We develop and apply X-ray instrumentation (optics, detectors, diagnostics, etc.) for large-scale facilities using advanced micro and nanotechnology.
Latest Scientific Highlights and News
When cycloalkanes are enclosed in a nanometer-sized pore, they adapt their shape - similar to the induced fit concept described in #biochemistry. The molecules do not all behave in the same way and surprisingly start to move when there is a lack of space at 5K.
Thomas Mortelmans has been a PhD at the Laboratory for X-ray Nanosciences and Technologies for the last four years. He recently defended his PhD-thesis at the University of Basel entitled: "The development of a nanofluidic particle size sorter and its biomedical sciences" and was awarded the grade of summa cum laude.
On September 30 & October 1 2022, our so-called "Quantum Magnet Lunch" team - consisting of the larger QPS group, as well as, Gabriel Aeppli and Markus Müller - has organised a two-day retreat to review our ongoing projects. The goal of the event was to fly above the details of our daily routine and to revisit our overall vision.
The Cristallina-Q team has welcomed French high-field experts at SwissFEL for an informal 2-day retreat. The ten participants discussed which technical capabilities of the UZH-PSI pulsed magnet setup should be further developed and which science cases targeted in the upcoming commissioning and pilot experiment phase.
First X-rays have reached the SwissFEL Cristallina experimental station on 14.03.2021 which is one day ahead of schedule. The achievement of this important milestone marks the beginning of the commissioning phase of the Cristallina project.