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Materials Science Beamline

Welcome to Materials Science Beamline!

The MSB (Materials Science Beamline) is a versatile beamline suitable for experiments in materials science, surface physics, catalysts and organic molecules on various surfaces. The tunability of the photon energy over a wide range (22-1000 eV) with mainly linearly polarized light from a bending magnet source offers "classical" UPS and XPS with high energy resolution and tunable excitation energy for the best photoionization cross sections. The beamline also allows resonant photoemission (RPES) and near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopies. Sample rotation about two axes allows angular resolved photoemission studies. The MSB was built in cooperation between the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Charles University in Prague and Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste.

Research highlights

Interplay between metal‒support interaction and stability in Pt/Co3O4(111) model catalysts

Y. Lykhach et al., J. Mater. Chem. A. 6, 23078 (2018); DOI: 10.1039/C8TA08142E

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Do carbon nanomaterial solid contacts experience double layer capacitive charging or ionic transference in all-solid-state polymeric sensors?

M. Cuartero et al., Chem. Commun. 52, 9703 (2016); DOI: 10.1039/C6CC04876E

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Cu nanoclusters steer the self-assembly of Fe phthalocyanines from a substrate- to a laterally-driven regime

M. Corva et al., ACS Nano 12, 10755 (2018); DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b05992


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Electrifying model catalysis: Out of the vacuum – into the electrolyte

F. Faisal et al., Nat. Mater. 17, 592 (2018); DOI: 10.1038/s41563-018-0088-3

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Bulk hydroxylation and effective water splitting by highly reduced cerium oxide: The role of O vacancy coordination

F. Dvořák et al., ACS Catal. 8, 4354 (2018); DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.7b04409

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User Area

Proposal Submission

We invite all users and collaborators to discuss their proposals with the beamline staff before the submission deadline. This is crucial for a careful assessment of the experiment feasibility and may lead to improvements in the proposed experimental plan. Our website provides a wealth of information on experiment feasibilty and proposal submission. Note that proposals must be submitted via Virtual Unified Office (VUO), selecting "Submit a new CERIC proposal".

Call for proposals open

The current call for proposals is open. The next deadline for proposal submission for beamtime allocation from January to June 2021 will be:

  • 1 October 2020 at 17:00 definitive deadline
Exceptionally in this call there is no preliminary deadline for less experienced users that would like to have their proposals pre-evaluated. If you need any help contact the beamline staff well before the definitive deadline to discuss the technical questions.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 14:47