Fifteen years of Dutch-Flemish collaboration at DUBBLE

4 June 2015

The Dutch-Flemish beamline DUBBLE (DUtch-Belgian BeamLinE), a set of instruments at the particle accelerator ESRF in Grenoble, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Furthermore, in May 2015 the milepost of 1000 publications and theses in which use was made of the possibilities of DUBBLE, was passed. This was celebrated and reflected upon during the SYNEW meeting held on 1 and 2 June in the Beatrix Theatre in Utrecht.

NWO chair Jos Engelen, FWO secretary-general Elisabeth Monard and Henk Schenk, ex-chair of the DUBBLE advisory team. Credits: Ivar PelNWO chair Jos Engelen, FWO secretary-general Elisabeth Monard and Henk Schenk, ex-chair of the DUBBLE advisory team. Credits: Ivar Pel

Preparations for the Dutch-Flemish collaboration started in 1995 and DUBBLE became a fact in 2000. During DUBBLE's 15-year existence, NWO has invested more than 15 million euros in the exploitation of the beamline. At the special celebration of 20 years of Dutch-Flemish collaboration, NWO chair Jos Engelen and Elisabeth Monard, secretary-general of the Flemish partner organisation the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) were present. ‘I am pleased that after 20 years NWO and FWO are still successfully collaborating in DUBBLE,’ said Jos Engelen in his speech. Engelen noted that a successful past is only half of the story. DUBBLE must also look ahead. ‘DUBBLE will have to continue reflecting on its niche and must actively look at how it can continue to meet the users' needs in the future.’

DUBBLE is one of the most productive beamlines of ESRF. During the SYNEW conference DUBBLE's possibilities and results were shown via workshops to a public mainly made up of researchers.

Following how processes change over time

Within the successful collaboration of NWO and FWO a wide range of research is being done in the fields of chemistry, physics and biology. With the X-ray diffraction technology of DUBBLE, scientists can accurately follow how processes change over time. This can be from milliseconds to hours. Examples are (bio)crystallisation, processing of plastics, deformation of crystals in high magnetic fields, penetration of cream into human skin, how silk spinning works inside silkworms, the structure of chocolate, medicines, etc. Using the X-ray spectroscopy technology of DUBBLE the chemical environment of certain elements in non-crystalline materials is determined, for example that of active transition metal ions in catalysts.

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Source: NWO