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Cluster meeting at MAX IV

On March 4, the BECC cluster “Climate, land use and biogeochemical cycles” visited the synchrotron source MAX IV.
Visit at the MAX IV Laboratory. Photo: Anna Boo
Visit at the MAX IV Laboratory. Photo: Anna Boo

MAX IV Laboratory is a national laboratory hosted by Lund University. It operates accelerators producing x-rays of very high intensity and quality which are used for scientific research making the invisible visible. The new MAX IV will opens in 2016 and it will be the brightest x-ray source in the world.

The BECC meeting at MAX IV gathered around 20 researchers. Katarina Norén and Conny Såthe, researchers and project leaders, presented the MAX IV Laboratory which was followed by a guided tour through the MAX IV building.

After the study-visit, there was a short cluster meeting discussing how the techniques that will be available at the MAX IV facility could promote BECC-research within the area of biogeochemistry. Clearly, the synchrotron-based spectroscopic methods at MAX IV will offer unique possibilities to analyse important biogeochemical elements like carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous and iron. The BECC attendees agreed on the urgent need to learn more about synchrotron light methods and how to apply them to environmental samples.

Initiation of new Action Group

A proposal was put forward to initiate a BECC Action Group (AG) with the purpose to investigate how researchers in BECC can use MAX IV facility. Such an AG can organize workshops, seminars and courses for BECC researchers.

edith.hammer [at] biol.lu.se (Edith Hammer), will together with Per Persson and Anders Tunlid develop a proposal for a Max IV Action group.

 

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