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XMaS: The UK Materials Science Facility at the ESRF

qXMaS Synchrotron Facility

XMaS is an EPSRC funded mid-range facility supporting the UK materials science communities. It provides free at the point of access to synchrotron radiation at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble. A wide range of sample environments allow a diverse set of experiments to be performed using energies in the 2.4 to 15 keV range. Additional facilities exploiting these sample environments are possible using our laboratory spaces which include a new micro source x-ray facility.

Techniques Available

A wide range of x-ray techniques are available making use of white beam and monochromatic energies in the range of 2.4 to 15 keV:

Offline Facilities

X-ray Source

A Cu micro-source is available for use with most of the sample environments used on the main beamline

Laboratory Space

Electrical and magnetic characterisation of samples


XMaS featured on ESRF:

How do nanoparticles gain access into membranes?

Team from Bristol Chemistry Department lead by W. Briscoe working on XMaS


XMaS featured in Catalysis, Structure & Reactivity

Effect of retained chlorine in ENCATâ„¢ 30 catalysts on the development of encapsulated Pd: insights from in situ Pd K, L3 and Cl K-edge XAS

Newton et al., Catalysis, Structure & Reactivity, vol. 3, Issue 4, 149-156 (2017)


XMaS is a mid-range facility funded by the UK EPSRC and managed by the Universities of Warwick and Liverpool