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ID16B - Nano-analysis Beamline


ID16B is a hard X-ray nanoprobe dedicated to 2D or 3D analysis of nano-scaled materials combining X-ray fluorescence (XRF), diffraction (XRD), absorption spectroscopy (XAS), excited optical luminescence (XEOL), X-ray beam induced current (XBIC) and phase contrast imaging. Low temperature, in-situ or in-operando sample environments can be accommodated.
Status:  open


  • Materials and Engineering
  • Life Sciences
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Physics
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Medicine
  • Cultural Heritage


  • Mantle
  • Upper mantle
  • Earth crust
  • Extraterrestrial materials
  • Spintronics
  • Microelectronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Solar cells
  • Cancer research
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Bone research
  • Toxicology of environmental metals


  • Imaging, phase-contrast
  • MicroXANES - micro X-ray absorption near-edge structure
  • MicroXRF - micro X-ray fluorescence
  • Tomography
  • X-ray excited optical luminescence
  • XRD - X-ray diffraction

Energy range

  • 6.0 - 65.0  keV

Beam size

  • Minimum (H x V) : 50.0 x 50.0  nm²
  • Maximum (H x V) : 1.0 x 0.1  µm²


  • One 3-elements Si drift detectors
  • One 7-elements Si Drift Detector
  • FReLoN 4M
  • FReLoN FK4320T (Kodak)

News from ID16B

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A new high-speed camera captures how colour centres decay in nanowires

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From sun cream to the food chain: The case of titanium dioxide nanoparticles

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Inside the 3D electrode architecture: towards better performing batteries for electric cars

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Real-time detection of molecules secreted from single cells stimulated by an X-ray nanobeam

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Spinodal decomposition governs the formation of the multi-scale structure of the skeletal elements of the brittle star

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Inflammation increases gadolinium retention in the brain after administration of a linear gadolinium-based contrast agent

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Degradation of silicon-based anodes for lithium-ion batteries followed by in situ X-ray tomography

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Latest publications

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Using crystallography tools to improve vaccine formulations

Carvalho de Abreu Fantini M., Pinto Oliveira C.L., de Souza Lopes J.L., da Silva Martins T., Apetito Akamatsu M., Góes Trezena A., Tino-De-Franco M., Fongaro Botosso V., Brazil Esteves Sant'Anna O.A., Kardjilov N., Rasmussen M.K., Nunes Bordallo H.,
IUCrJ 9, 11-20 (2022)

Binocular mirror–symmetric microsaccadic sampling enables Drosophila hyperacute 3D vision

Kemppainen J., Scales B., Razban Haghighi K., Takalo J., Mansour N., McManus J., Leko G., Saari P., Hurcomb J., Antohi A., Suuronen J.P., Blanchard F., Hardie R.C., Song Z., Hampton M., Eckermann M., Westermeier F., Frohn J., Hoekstra H., Lee C.H., Huttula M., Mokso R., Juusola M.,
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 119, e2109717119-1-e2109717119-12 (2022)