The Max IV Laboratory operates three synchrotron rings under the same roof (Max-lab) equipped with a wide variety of instruments for studies of a range of different materials. The laboratory offers service to users in the form of assistance with measurements and technical and IT support.

Short facts

Cooperation: The laboratory has extensive collaboration with synchrotron facilities around the world, international and national universities and research institutions, as well as with industry.

Research and training: The laboratory has long-standing collaborations for education and training of students with several departments at Lund university and other Swedish and international universities.

Employees: The laboratory employs approximately 130 people. Approximately one-third of the work force is dedicated to the Max IV project.

Location: Lund, Sweden

Budget: Approximately 11 million Euros.

Guest scientists: Nearly 1000 external scientists annually

Good to know as a potential client

Which materials can be studied?

A large variety of substances can be investigated, ranging from nanomaterials through novel polymers to biological substances including:

- Functional materials: Atomistic and microscopic structure and dynamics of materials down to nanometer length scales.
- Biomaterials: Structure determination of proteins and other biologically important molecules.
- Catalysts: Determination of time resolved catalysis under industrial conditions.

Which properties can be investigated?

- Structures of biomolecules
- Structures of polymers and packaging materials
- Structures of powders and nanomaterials
- Trace element analysis of liquids, crystals and amorphous materials
- Chemical properties, e.g. catalysis and surface reactions
- Electron microscopy in combination with element analysis
- IR-spectro/microscopy on a wide range of materials

Under what conditions can material be studied?

Sophisticated sample environments and extreme conditions are offered, especially different temperatures, pressure and atmospheres.

Available techniques

- X-ray absorption spectroscopy (near edge and extended X-ray absorption, etc)
- Powder and single crystal diffraction (powder, surface, crystallography, etc)
- FT-IR micro-/spectroscopy
- Resonant inelastic X-ray scattering
- Photoemission electron microscopy and low-energy electron microscopy
- Photoelectron emission spectroscopy (UV, X-ray, etc)
- Small angle x-ray scattering

Access for industrial users

A wide range of industrial sectors will benefit from the versatility of the synchrotron light sources at the Max IV Laboratory. Companies wishing to solve their R&D problems can be offered initial discussions with expert laboratory scientists, sample preparation, assistance during measurements and help with data analysis and interpretation.

Some current clients


The first synchrotron ring at MAX-lab, the MAX I, was inaugurated in 1987. Since then two more rings have begun operation, the MAX II for hard X-rays in 1996, and the MAX III for IR and UV studies in 2007. The MAX IV, which is currently being built as a separate facility in Lund, will be one of the world´s most advanced light sources to be inaugurated in 2016.

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