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September 06, 2018
SMEs: a European call for access to synchrotrons
A synchrotron can be described as a giant microscope: an electron accelerator emits a special light used by researchers to observe the intimate structure of materials.

Observing materials on such a so small scale allows advances in both fundamental and applied sciences. It is the reason why Alba synchrotron and its counterparts in other countries are used by both academic and business researchers. These facilities allow to design new drugs or new materials for electricity transport and storage, improve paints or cements and a long list of examples in chemistry, materials, health, nanotechnology, energy, automobile, sustainability or cultural heritage.

In this context, the European CALIPSOplus program aims, among other things, at facilitating SMEs’ access to synchrotrons and other light sources of the continent: a specific call is open until next December 21 (web) to submit applications.

This initiative led by Alba synchrotron (more information here), aims at giving SMEs the opportunity to access the best light sources in Europe adapted to each need, regardless of the geographical proximity.

Beyond this program, companies that wonder if/how a synchrotron can address or not their R&D challenges can contact Alba’s industrial office that will give them all the explanations and will be able to advise them.
 

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