Materials Science Beamline



From now on, all proposals for our beamline, both single and multitechnique, should be submitted via CERIC!

(link "Submit a new Ceric proposal" in Virtual Unified Office)

We ask all of our previous Elettra users to move to this submission channel.





Welcome to Materials Science!

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 (ResPES) 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 Sincrotrone Trieste.

Research highlights

Teamwork between tiny catalyst nanoparticles

Catalysts composed of various components, only a few nanometers in size, whose cooperation is of decisive importance. When the teamwork succeeds, the power of the catalyst is far greater than that of the individual components.
Vayssilov et al., 
Nature Materials 10, 310-315 (2011).

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Electronic and chemical properties of donor, acceptor centers in graphene

Boron and nitrogen as single-atom substitutional co-dopants of high-quality graphene on silicon carbide substrate were investigated by several experimental (dAFM, STM, XPS, NEXAFS) and theoretical (total energy DFT and simulated STM) methods.

Telychko et al.,  ACS Nano 9(2015) 9180-9187


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Counting electrons on supported nanoparticles

Combination of synchrotron based PES, STM and DFT shows dependence of charge transfer between Pt nanoparticles and oxide support on the particle size.

  Lykhach et al.,  Nature Materials 15 (2016) 284-288


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Creating single-atom Pt-ceria catalysts by surface step decoration

Pt single atoms on ceria stabilized by the monoatomic step edges were studied by photoemission spectroscopy, scanning tunnelling microscopy and DFT calculations, aiming to new single-atom catalysts.

Dvořák et al., Nature Communications 7 (2016) 10801

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Temperature-dependent reactions of phthalic acid on Ag(100)

Adsorption and temperature-dependent reactions of phthalic acid on Ag(100) in the temperature range 110–700 K were investigated by synchrotron radiation XPS, TPD and NEXAFS.

  Franke et al.,  Journal of Physical Chemistry C 119(2015) 23580-23585.


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Functionalisation and immobilisation of an Au(110) surface via uracil and 2-thiouracil anchored layer

XPS and NEXAFS was used to study surface functionalisation by uracil and 2-thiouracil, and immobilisation of several DNA moieties on functionalised gold surfaces.
Plekan et al.,  Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 17 (2015) 15181-15192

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Surface-confined 2D polymerization of a brominated copper-tetraphenylporphyrin on Au(111)

2D polymerization of a brominated Cu(TPP) on Au(111) was monitored by XPS in annealing steps, structure was characterized by STM and DFT calculations corroborated the interpretation. Smykalla et al.,  Nanoscale 7(2015) 4234-4241

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Functionalization of nanostructured cerium oxide films with histidine

The surfaces of polycrystalline cerium oxide films were modified by histidine adsorption under vacuum and characterized by the synchrotron based photoemission, ResPES, NEXAFS and AFM.

Tsud et al.,  PCCP 17 (2015) 2770-2777

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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 can be submitted via Virtual Unified Office (VUO), selecting "Submit a new Ceric proposal".

Call for proposals

The deadlines for proposal submission for beamtime allocation from 1 January to 30 June 2019 will be:

  • 1 September 2018 at 17:00 CET to have a pre-evaluation and the possibility to improve your proposal
  • 30 September 2018 at 17:00 CET final submission, recommended only for users that are experts in all the techniques requested.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 April 2018 10:08