Joint ESS - MAX IV Science Talks continue in 2021

Colloquium at ESS
Martion Månsson at the inaugural ESS-MAX IV Colloquium Photo: ESS

The popular Science colloquium series, co-organised by MAX IV Laboratory & ESS, will continue in 2021, and in webcast format for now, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will provide information on this page about upcoming talks and how you can attend.


The aim of these colloquia is to bring the science made possible by neutrons and synchrotron radiation into focus, and to bring people at ESS and MAX IV and the local science community together. They are held one Wednesday afternoon per month, and will be web-based for now.

Professor Martin Müller, Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon and Kiel University

Professor Martin Müller, Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon and Kiel University

12 MAY: Wood, silk and spider attachment hairs - Hierarchically structured biomaterials investigated with X-rays and neutrons

Synchrotron radiation X-ray and neutron scattering techniques are extremely useful tools for the non-destructive analysis of the structural biological materials such as wood, silk and chitin-protein composites, making the in situ investigation of structural changes upon mechanical stress possible – across many length and time scales. Synchrotron radiation X-rays can be focused down to sub-micrometer size, enabling e. g. scanning studies of the wood nanostructure or of spider attachment hairs with (sub-)microscopic position resolution. Nanotomography allows for a 3D visualisation of the spider hair attachment process. Molecular time and length scales are addressed using neutron spectroscopy; experiments reveal the molecular origin of the high mechanical performance of (spider) silk.

Professor Martin Müller, Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon and Kiel University 

SAVE THE DATE for upcoming talks:
16 June: To be announced

Previous Colloquia
Apr 2019     Martin Månsson, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden     
May 2019   Ann Terry, MAX IV Laboratory
Jun 2019     Robert Feidenhans’l, European XFEL
Sep 2019    Zoë Fisher, ESS
Oct 2019     Johan Chang, University of Zürich
Nov 2019    Elizabeth Blackburn, Lund University
Dec 2019    Martin Bech, Lund University
Mar 2020    Jan Knudsen, MAX IV Laboratory

Apr 2020     Kristina Edström, Uppsala University: Batteries for a Climate Neutral Society
May 2020   Thomas Hellweg,  Bielefeld UniversitySmart Microgels: Structure, Properties & Potential Applications
Jun 2020    Poul Nissen, Aarhus University: Micro-management of Amino Acid Transporters
Jan 2021    Professor Regine Willumeit-Römer, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht: Biodegradable magnesium implants: ready to use or fake news?
Mar 2021  Professor Kristine Niss, Roskilde University, Denmark: Ionic liquids – does time and distance interact?
April 2021 Professor Joachim Schnadt, The MAX-IV Laboratory, Lund University – What’s inside? Atomic layer deposition studied in real time