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Newsletter August, 2019

Message from CEO

Most of you have probably enjoyed the outdoors and recharged your batteries with family and friends over the last couple of weeks. For LINX, the summer break marks the halfway point of the year, bringing a natural pause for reflection. The highlights for the first 6 months at LINX meant new projects, new members, new internal processes, workshops and not least an exciting interview with Kell Mortensen, the Walter Hälg prize winner, which we are featuring in this edition. Another highlight we are very proud of is the launch of our new LINX website. What is new? Please keep reading below.
In our second half of 2019, we will continue to focus on LINX core offerings ensuring speed and quality in deliverables. We are grateful for the support of our industry partners, members and universities and we look forward to the second half of 2019.

Interview with Kell Mortensen

Prof. Kell Mortensen, professor in X-ray and neutron scattering at the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen University, is the first Danish scientist to receive the Walter Hälg prize for his outstanding work during his 35 years career. We had Kell in our "LINX studio" early July to tell us about his huge contribution to science within neutrons scattering, polymer dynamics and hydrogels to name a few. 
Kell is presenting a few highlights by looking back at the past 35 years as a scientist, at the instrument he has built and tells us what it means for him to win this prize. In the outcome of his excellence, Kell Mortensen is also part of the reason that the European Spallation Source (ESS) came to our region, thus setting the ground for industrial value to be gained in the future but also to attract scientific talent to the area. Watch the full video below.
Watch the full interview here

It's official! It's real! It's here!

We are excited to launch our new website where we improve the introduction and communication of the value that LINX brings to industry. There is a great synergy between the projects we execute and the innovative collaboration platform that LINX offers. We are confident, that the new website will result in more and more fruitful partnerships between companies, universities and facilities. LINX is the emerging place for hosting and exploring synergies, getting inspiration, networking and activities between scientists and industry within X-rays and neutrons. In our association, we have many great collaborations already and we hope that with this launch, we can provide even better information and transparency to a wider audience. (Jimmy Binderup Andersen, LINX CEO)
Our goal with this newly designed website is to create a user-friendly browsing experience for our partners, members and targeted audience. We hope you enjoy our new uncluttered design that is easy to navigate, and more user-friendly. Click on the picture above to explore the website.
In each of the following newsletters, we will feature a new category from the LINX website to help you access the necessary resources and explore the knowledge and latest information about neutrons and X-rays. The first category we chose to present to you is the LINX Projects.

Introducing LINX Projects

How can we use the technology and the knowledge that we possess for the greater good?

To be competitive in your market, you need to know the materials that makes your product, their durability versus degradation in different conditions, resistance, corrosion, exposure consequences, etc. At LINX, we can help you understand your products' performance by studying its materials at the most complex levels with the help of neutrons and X-Rays. With wide experience in running projects on different topics, using new techniques and methodologies, our scientists at the partnering universities of DTU, KU and AU together with the industry, have investigated different matters. Here are some examples:
  1. Degradation of permanent magnets in aqueous media and elevated temperatures
  2. Determining the nanoscale structure of manmade and natural materials using SAXS and SANS in Food and Colloid Science
  3. Understanding the 3D structure of drug targets – a way to explore new technologies for structure determination of challenging drug targets
  4. Revealing chemical abilities of materials in unprecedented depth through total scattering
  5. Exploring “3D maps” of bubbles trapped in cured sealants by means of X-Ray imaging
  6. Studying the impact of anti-fouling coatings on the unwanted mineral formation in simulated heat exchangers
We have currently published 18 projects with many more in the pipeline waiting to be released soon. We have divided the projects within 6 areas and Jimmy Binderup Andersen will tell you more about these areas in the short video below. Under each project, you can find information about the background of the project, partners involved, motivation as well as techniques and methods used.
Watch the video

Introducing LINX Values

Degradation Predictability

When large structures are developed and produced, it becomes more and more important to schedule and plan the after-sale support activities. Apart from the requirement of “life cycle support” there is also revenue and profit to be made. Depending of the industrial application, material life and maintenance limits are based on very conservative standards. In LINX we are looking at predicting material degradation based on data provided by X-ray and neutron measurements. Tension and stresses in materials such as metal and polymers can often mean a change in degradation as can sorption and other operating conditions.

LINX Workshop

LINX Focus Workshop - Materials at operating and processing conditions

With each workshop LINX is organizing, we draw conclusions and extract the learnings of the event, which we then share with the attendees. We are amazed to see the raising interest shown by our project partners and members. The work package 8 workshop brought together four project partners and ten members, and we could quickly spot the difference in DNA each workshop is bringing. While each Focus Workshop has a different topic, the agenda of the day is shaped by the participants that are contributing with their presentations, inputs, experiences and cases. The highlight of our last workshop in Materials at Operating and Processing Conditions, was to see happy partners that are carrying the positive vibes they are experiencing while executing a LINX project with our partner universities. It is rewarding to see the challenges turning into winning results and discovery of new areas waiting to be approached and shaped.

Members corner

ECNS 2019 - Neutrons and white nights

In early July, Kell Mortensen and Martin Schmiele, both from the University of Copenhagen section of LINX, attended the 7th "European Conference on Neutron Scattering" in St. Petersburg, Russia. Martin presented parts of the University of Copenhagen - LINX global development project on food science as well as the work on Biomodics IPNs. The high point of the conference was when Kell received the 2019 Walter Hälg prize.
Read the article here
X-rays, neutrons and food workshop
On September 12th, the University of Copenhagen LINX branch together with University of Copenhagen Department of Food Science, hosts a one-day workshop on the use of X-ray and neutron techniques for innovation in the food and ingredients industry.
The workshop aims to enable the discussion of how advanced X-ray and neutron techniques can benefit the Danish food and ingredients industry. Several scientists from industry and academia will present examples of how these techniques are already being used to investigate food and ingredients related problems.
If you are interested in participating in this event please follow the steps below. 
Register here
Idea Harvest
Do you want your story to be featured in one of our coming newsletters? Do you have an interesting case, article, video that could be of interest to other LINX members? Then we would like to hear from you. Please contact us at info@linxproject.dk

Upcoming events

Date Event Location
August 26th CINEMAX V PhD Summer School Lolland Denmark
September 12th X-rays, neutrons and food Frederiksberg Denmark
September 23rd-25th User Meeting – 31st MAX IV User Meeting Lund Sweden
If you would like to participate or know more about any of the above events, please contact Silvia Cebanu at sic@linxproject.dk.

Latest news in neutrons and X-rays

DSSC Detector technology

European XFEL has experienced a great moment when they have successfully installed, commissioned and put into operation the world's fastest soft X-ray camera. This is the result of more than a decade long international collaborative research and development work.
With the first scientific experiments already conducted back in May, the DSSC Detector will enable ultrafast studies of electronic, spin and atomic structures at the nanoscale, thus significantly expanding the scientific capabilities of the instrument for Spectroscopy and Coherent Scattering (SCS) where it is installed.

Read the article here
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