X-ray Scattering Center
Please make use of the resources that are available! Here we list relevant webpages, instructions, courses, people and research groups, software. You can also find out how to connect with an expert and start a collaboration.
Personal contacts and how to start a collaboration:
You can find a short introduction of us on this page.
We can be contacted if you need experimental support or a specialist to collaborate with in a project. Each of us have some specific expertice. In case of scientific collaboration, it is adviced to get in touch with one of as early as possible, preferably already at the project planning/funding application stage.
Are you in need of urgent help? Feel free to contact us anyway!
Getting to an X-ray lab for experiments
Aalto facilitates materials characterization by X-ray scattering. Our facilities include laboratories and X-ray scattering instruments at Aalto University.
Learn more about how to get access to the NMC facilities as a user.
* Information and links to other Aalto laboratories ... will be added later.
* Information and links to laboratories in other universities ... will be added later.
Resources for data analysis
Data analysis ranges from qualitative comparison of a series of diffractograms to sophisticated analysis based on simulated data and fitting. We aim to provide the users of Aalto facilities sufficient analytical tools and processes. External users can use some of our resources on site as a part of experiments.
Education related to X-ray scattering at Aalto
* Applied X-ray scattering techniques in materials science is lectured every autumn. (24.10.–8.12.2023). Organized by the Department of Applied Physics at Aalto
* X-ray Scattering Methods for Structural Analysis of Bio-based Materials, every spring. (2.5.–7.6.2024). Organized by the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems at Aalto
Workshops, lectures, etc
* 29.11.2023: MAX IV & ESS Workshop on Nov 29 – X-ray and neutron techniques for bio-based materials research. Dipoli, Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland. Registration from this link.
* 30.11.-1.12.2023: The 14th annual meeting of Finnish Synchrotron Radiation User Organisation (FSRUO)!
Links to additional content, e.g. wiki-instructions for lab work... will be added later.
Synchrotron and neutron scattering research
Large scale radiation facilities like electron synchrotrons and neutron sources enable experiments that are not possible by using home laboratory scale instruments. Researchers regularly visit such facilities to carry out experiments that would not be possible otherwise. This research include for example studies that require high temporal resolution to reveal fast changes in materials as a function of an experimental parameter, studies that require a specific X-ray wavelength, and much more. Access to large scale facilities (beam time) is granted based on beam time applications.
Aalto University supports researchers doing experimental work at large scale facilities by making preliminary experiments possible and by supporting the writing of beam time applications. Preliminary experiments and data is typically beneficial for getting the beam time application accepted.
Nationally the Finnish Synchrotron Radiation User Organization (FSRUO) is the main organization coordinating synchrotron research- activities.
For whom is this content?
This content is open for any audience, but the target audience is academics (including students) who use or aim to use X-ray or neutron scattering characterization in their studies. The content might as well be useful for commercial users or potential users of X-ray scattering methods.