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Synchrotron radiation based science

The MAX IV laboratory offers the unique opportunity to study science at a Swedish synchrotron radiation facility in a cross-disciplinary and highly international setting. Student participation in discussions is actively encouraged and an atmosphere of informality enables easy contact with leading experts.

A study programme is developed for each student with the guidance of the programme directors. General introductory courses such as introduction to synchrotron radiation science and introduction to accelerators and free electron lasers (FEL) form the base for more advanced and specialised study in areas such as spectroscopy, accelerators ans FEL and x-ray based basic research.

Theory and practice at MAX IV

Studies are tailored to both the scientific interest of the student and future plans in the industrial or academic arenas. Since the student's studies are at the same site as the laboratory, a unique combination of theoretical studies and practical work and demonstrations will be on hand.

Degree project

The presence of a large number of research groups at the laboratory facilitates the choice of a suitable degree project. Students will find teams working in a very wide range of subjects from medicine and biology to industrial applied research.

Examples of projects:

  • Characterisation of model Fe-biomolecule complexes in aqueous solution and at the nanomaterial-water interface.
  • Correlating the structure and electronic properties of tungstate polyoxometallates (W-POM:s) with their catalytic activity.
  • Characterising the local structure of metal-doped titanate nanotubes using XANES and EXAF.

Career prospects

Graduates are able to work with research in academia and industry, to develop and expand the use of synchrotron radiation based methods and to use accelerators in different areas.