A German-Swedish research collaboration

The Röntgen-Ångström Cluster (RÅC) is a Swedish-German research collaboration in the fields of materials science and structural biology that aims to strengthen research at synchrotron and neutron radiation sources. Enabled by an agreement between the Swedish and German governments in 2009, the RÅC helps initiating and developing cooperative projects between research groups from Germany and Sweden in the above-named fields. Several large-scale facilities from both countries are included in the cluster:

Photon sources
• PETRA III and FLASH at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Hamburg
• BESSY II at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie HZB, Berlin
• European XFEL, Hamburg (under construction)
• MAX IV Laboratory, Lund (under construction)

Neutron sources
• BER II at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie HZB, Berlin
• FRM II at the Technische Universität München
• HFR at the Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble
• European Spallation Source ESS, Lund (under construction)

These institutes offer outstanding research possibilities to scientists exploring condensed matter in materials science as well as structural biology. The RÅC and its related calls for applications are handled by the Swedish Research Council and, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the project executing organisation Projektträger DESY.


European XFEL starts commissioning of the world’s largest X-ray laser

Bunsen Discussion Meeting on neutrons in chemistry

The meeting at Bielefeld University will take place from July 25 to 27, 2016. It is organized by Prof. T. Hellweg (Bielefeld University), Prof. M. Ballauff (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin), Prof. Dr. G. Eckold (Göttingen University) and Prof. Dr. R. von Klitzing (Technical University Berlin).

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