The Road to the ESS

The last year of our four-year SINE2020 project is underway. We want to celebrate the work and achievements of the 12 participating countries by taking a road trip across Europe. Over the next 12 months we will look at how our consortium has paved the way to efficient, user-friendly neutron sources such as ILL (France), FRM II (Germany), SINQ (Switzerland), ISIS (UK), BNC (Hungary), NPI (Czech Rep) and of course the European Spallation Source (ESS) currently being constructed in Lund, Sweden; bringing industry, collaboration and innovation onboard en route.

The Road to the ESS

We will explore the contribution of each country – Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom – not only to the SINE2020 project but to European neutron facilities and the world of neutrons too.

Every week we will post an item of interest, perhaps a recent research development or news story, related to our featured country, as we travel the road to the ESS.

We've been to Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic and now Germany.

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Germany

SINE2020 Partners: HZB, HZG, MLZ/TUM, FZJ

Industrial Case Study: Haldor Topsøe

ContributionChemical Deuteration Deuterated polymers
ContributionData Treatment BornAgain
ContributionCrystal Growth Phase Diagram crystal growth and the development of a Crystallization Chamber

German women in science: Regine von Klitzing and Margarita Russina

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Czech Republic

SINE2020 Partner: NPI

Scientist Spotlight: George Placzek

Hosted the Sample Environment meeting in November 2018.

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Hungary

SINE2020 Partner: MTA EK

Scientist Spotlight: Leo Szilard

Industrial Case Studies Neutrons for building a car and Novozymes.

ContrubutionSchools co-ordinating the Introductory Neutron Schools
ContributionIndustry including performing feasibility study measurements and helping at Industry events like the Automotive Expo

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Italy

SINE2020 Partner: University of Parma

Scientist Spotlight: Enrico Fermi, Emilio Segre

Hosted the 2018 General Assembly in Parma
Hosted Data Treatment's Workshop III.

ContributionData Treatment Muon Spin Rotation and Relaxation Spectroscopy, Computational modeling for muon spectroscopy, Atomic Modelling for Data Treatment

Italian Women in Science: Laura Bassi and Giovanna Fragneto

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France

SINE2020 Partners: ILL, CEA/LLB/CNRS

Scientist Spotlight: Irène Joliot-Curie

Hosted Data Treatment's Workshop II at ILL in Grenoble, 24-25 April 2017.
Hosted SYNERGI 2019 in Lyon on 1st April 2019.

Industrial Case Study: EDF

ContributionE-learning and Schools Advanced Neutron Schools
ContributionData Treatment Mantid at ILL
ContributionDetectors Micromegas Detectors, Microstrip Gas Chambers
ContributionChemical Deuteration Deuteration of Biomolecules
ContributionCrystal Growth Methods for large protein crystal growth for neutron protein crystallography, Using high magnetic fields

French Women in Science: Virginie Simonet and Marie Plazanet

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Spain

SINE2020 Partners: ESS-Bilbao, ICMA

Scientist Spotlight: Blas Cabrera Felipe

Will be hosting our final General Assembly 2019 in Bilbao
Hosted SINE2020's Neutrons for the Biotech Industry event in Zaragoza.

Feasibility test with Spanish company Tryo Aerospace. Read all about the aims of SINE2020 and Industry.

ContributionSample Environment: MC Simulations at ICMA to improve simulation of the signal-to-background ratio.
ContributionInstrumentation: E-tools: Simulating Laminate Shielding Concepts

Spanish Women in Science: Arantxa Arbe

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Portugal

SINE2020 Partner: LIP Coimbra

Scientist Spotlight: Egas Moniz

Hosted our first General Assembly in Coimbra
Hosted the Neutrons: Cradle to Grave workshop for E-tools, the work package looking at neutron experiment simulations.

ContributionDetectors: Resistive Plate Chambers, RPCs – How they work, RPCs: Results so far

Portuguese Women in Science: Maria Paula Marques and Susana Teixeira