Inside SINE2020

September 2019: e-newsletter #18

Dear colleagues,

The 18th edition of our Inside SINE2020 newsletter will bring you the following news:

News of SINE2020:

  • The end is here!
  • Sustainability Report published
  • Celebrating SINE2020: The end of the Road to the ESS
  • Thanks, thanks and more thanks


  • New Case studies: Rio Tinto and Sandvik

From the world of neutrons:

  • The latest neutron news
  • Job vacancies

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SINE2020: Project News

Bilbao 2019

The end is here!

4 years, 48 months, 1461 days or 35064 hours. However you measure it, the Science and Innovation with Neutrons in Europe in 2020, or SINE2020, project is now at an end.

Much of the work will continue with other funding and support, some has been completed ready for the next stage and some will stand still until further investment appears. There are still a few things to wrap up, like the Final Report, but otherwise the Deliverables are complete.

The SINE2020 website,, will, after the next couple of months, no longer be updated but will still serve as a static reminder of the work that was achieved over the duration of the project.

So Tchau, Adiós, Au revoir, Addio, Viszontlátásra, Ahoj, Auf Wiedersehen, Adjö, Farvel, Vaarwel, Goodbye SINE2020!

Sustainability Report

SINE2020 Sustainability Report published

SINE2020 management and Work Package leaders have come together to write the SINE2020 Sustainability Report to showcase what has been achieved, celebrate the legacy that lives on and highlight the challenges that still remain for the neutron community. The full document (pdf) can now be downloaded from the website.

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The Road to the ESS map of collaborators

Celebrating SINE2020: the end of The Road to the ESS

Now the end has come, we have also reached ESS on The Road to the ESS. We've travelled through 12 countries, to 18 institutions, and explored the contributions of so many people to SINE2020.

You can find information about, stories and results from the majority of the Tasks in our 10 work packages on the website. If you have been working on a task for SINE2020 that is not mentioned, and you would like to add it, please get in touch.

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Thanks, thanks and more thanks

I have only had the privilege to be the Information Manager for SINE2020 for the last year. It has definitely been the best year to be in this position for as I have seen the results of 4 years of hard effort and work.

Many, many, many people have helped along the way from explaining their science projects, reviewing articles for accuracy, chasing people up for information and help and for bouncing ideas off. There is also no fun in being a communicator if there is nothing to communicate so everyone who has done something interesting and told me about it has made the role much easier.

In particular I would like to thank the SINE2020 work package leaders: Miriam Förster and Martin Boehm, Linda Udby, Alain Menelle and Adel Len, Marc Thiry and Caroline Boudou, Hanna Wacklin-Knecht, Trevor Forsyth, Eddy Lelièvre-Berna, Peter Willendrup, Nigel Rhodes and Thomas Holm Rod. But the list is not exhaustive and there are many more people I could mention.

So Thank You one and all for allowing me to enjoy my job!

SINE2020: Industry

Rio Tinto Case Study

New Case Studies: Rio Tinto and Sandvik

The Industrial Consultancy work package has been working hard over the SINE2020 project working with industrial companies to promote the use of neutron techniques to them. As a result, 37 feasibility studies have been performed and many of them have created Case Studies – all of which are available on the SINE2020 website.

Two new Case Studies have recently been published: Rio Tinto and Sandvik.

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From the world of neutrons:

The researchers used fast neutron tomography to acquire a time series showing water ascending into a plant’s root system after injection of deuterated water from the bottom. Credit: Christian Tötzke, University of Potsdam

Record-Fast Neutron Tomography Tracks Water Pathways into Plants

Faster image acquisition captures water exchange dynamics between roots and soil, could be useful for studying hydraulic fracturing and lithium batteries

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Pulsed Ti:sapphire laser setup used for the determination of the ionization potential of promethium at Mainz University.

Closing the last gap for the Periodic Table’s 150th birthday

Timely for the “International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements” which celebrates the 150th anniversary of Mendeleev’s discovery of the periodic table, a European collaboration of chemists and physicists has published the first experimental determination of the ionization potential of the lanthanide element promethium, thus closing the last remaining gap for this fundamental atomic property in the Periodic Table.

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ESS celebrated an important scientific milestone, the official handover of the Long Instrument Hall from construction partner, Skanska.

Handover of the Long Instrument Hall

ESS celebrated an important scientific milestone, the official handover of the Long Instrument Hall from construction partner, Skanska.

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Job vacancies

  • Postdoc Position, Germany
  • Sample Environment Experimental Physicist, USA
  • Instrument Scientists, UK
  • New Director for LINX, Sweden
  • Postdoc vacancies, Russia
  • Research Scientist, France

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EVENTS in 2019: Meetings, Conferences, Conventions and Exhibitions

The events calendar is regularly updated and can be found here

November 2019

16. November 2019 – 21. November 2019
3rd Asia Oceania Conference on Neutron Scattering

December 2019

01. December 2019 – 06. December 2019
Advanced Materials Exploration with Neutrons

10. December 2019 – 11. December 2019
MLZ User Meeting 2019

11. December 2019 – 13. December 2019
BILL2019, Bilayers at the ILL workshop

Coming up in 2020 and 2021!

23. March 2020 – 03. April 2020
51st IFF Spring School 2020 – Quantum Technology

04. July 2021 – 08. July 2021
International Conference on Neutron Scattering 2021 in Argentina

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This project receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654000.