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Dance of the molecules: New methods of producing tailor-made materials

Scientists observe vibrational dynamics of organic acid molecules on iron oxide surface

03-May-2021

A Hamburg research team is paving the way for new methods of producing tailor-made materials: for the first time, the scientists from DESY NanoLab and the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) have deciphered the collective arrangement of organic acid molecules on an iron oxide surface at the ...

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Plasma acceleration: It’s all in the mix

A pinch of nitrogen and artificial intelligence are moving laser plasma acceleration a big step closer to practical applications

29-Apr-2021

The LUX team at DESY is celebrating not just one but two milestones in the development of innovative plasma accelerators. The scientists from the University of Hamburg and DESY used their accelerator to test a technique that allows the energy distribution of the electron beams produced to be kept ...

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The egg in the X-ray beam

Innovative time-resolved study reveals network formation and dynamics of proteins

31-Mar-2021

Using DESY's X-ray light source PETRA III, a research team has analysed the structural changes in eggs during cooking. The study shows how the proteins in chicken egg whites unfold and crosslink during heating to form a solid structure. The innovative investigation method is interesting for the ...

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Researchers watch nanomaterials growing in real time

New world record in the temporal resolution achieved using GISAXS, a surface-sensitive scattering technique

17-Feb-2021

For the first time, a team of scientists has succeeded in capturing in real time the first few milliseconds in the life of a gold coating as it forms on a polymer. The team used DESY’s high-brilliance X-ray source PETRA III to observe the earliest stages in the growth of a metal-polymer hybrid ...

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Exploding water jet in X-ray beam

X-ray laser sheds light on ultrafast processes in physics, biology and material sciences

05-Jan-2021

An interdisciplinary team of scientists has used ultrashort X-ray pulses to image extremely rapidly exploding jets of water. The experiments, carried out at the European X-ray laser facility European XFEL, aim to study ultrafast events that occur in a very small region by means of X-ray ...

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FLASH reveals ultrafast dynamics of photocatalysis

Free electron laser study sheds light on the mechanism and timescale of the photocatalytic oxidation of carbon monoxide on titanium oxide

30-Nov-2020

An international team of scientists have studied, for the first time, the light induced oxidation of carbon monoxide (CO) to carbon dioxide (CO2) on the surface of an oxide photocatalyst in real-time using the soft X-ray free-electron laser FLASH combined with theoretical calculations. According ...

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Searching for the chemistry of life

Study shows possible new way to create DNA base pairs

06-Oct-2020

In the search for the chemical origins of life, researchers have found a possible alternative path for the emergence of the characteristic DNA pattern: According to the experiments, the characteristic DNA base pairs can form by dry heating, without water or other solvents. The team led by Ivan ...

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High-pressure study advances understanding of promising battery materials


X-ray investigation shows systematic distortion of the crystal lattice of high-entropy oxides

18-Sep-2020

In a high-pressure X-ray study, scientists have gained new insights into the characteristics of a promising new class of materials for batteries and other applications. The team led by Qiaoshi Zeng from the Center for High Pressure Science in China used the brilliant X-rays from DESY's research ...

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Liquid water at 170 degrees Celsius

X-ray laser reveals anomalous dynamics at ultra-fast heating

18-Sep-2020

Using the X-ray laser European XFEL, a research team has investigated how water heats up under extreme conditions. In the process, the scientists were able to observe water that remained liquid even at temperatures of more than 170 degrees Celsius. The investigation revealed an anomalous dynamic ...

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Temperature can regulate wetting properties of sprayed latex surfaces

Properties are essential for spray manufacturing and the printing industry

17-Apr-2020

A Swedish-German research team has been using DESY’s X-ray source PETRA III to investigate how surface coatings can be made to attract or repel water using tailor-made latex nanoparticles. Being able to influence the wettability of surfaces during production is important in many applications, ...

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