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April, 2021
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New Faces! Again!

The family of LINX keeps growing, this time with not only one but two members! Specifically, the SMEs Seaborg Technologies and CHEXS. 

Seaborg has joined with a wish to use the LINX platform to run bilateral projects with other members in LINX. Small paving stones on the way to their ultimate goal: Endless energy supply without CO2-emissions by means of a new, safe and environmentally benign type of fission reactors. Power plant technology ver. 5.0 (skip 2, 3 and 4), indeed a worthy aim for a world starved of energy – especially in the far East, where hundreds of new coal power plants are commissioned every year.  

CHEXS, meanwhile, makes X-ray mirrors. It is much less straight-forward than it sounds as X-rays do not really behave as ordinary light. Nevertheless, CHEXS delivers some of the most advanced mirrors in the world, with products supplied e.g. to space missions. Next stop: Earth. Widespread uses in X-ray equipment. There LINX can help not only with its network but indeed storytelling and promotion of potential applications. To have a back-portfolio of outreach for future reference to customers, investors and others is rather useful to an SME on the rise.  

Read more about Seaborg
Read more about CHEXS

Day of the Research – “Forskningens Døgn”

Every year Denmark has a proclaimed “Day of the Research” (which has now become a week, but never mind). There researchers of all colors, far and wide, get the opportunity to tell about their research to the general population in a slew of different events, ranging from talks to debate panels, quizzes, interactive exercise and much more. The doors are thrown open – insofar as a digital, corona-proof event has doors – on the 23rd through 29th of April. 

This year LINX has been created as one of the organizers to set up contributions. 3 talks, specifically, from within our area of X-rays and neutrons. It is a new role, but we are happy to have seen volunteers stepping forward from between our members and general research network. Our comms team has been helpful too with pitches and talk descriptions, in order to facilitate a real blast of great storytelling about science and innovation – come April.

Read more about Forskningens Døgn

LINX Communication in Lay-Man Terms: Ahmad Rinno

Ahmad Rinno

Ahmad Rinno has been tasked with creating and presenting scientific content in lay-man terms, he has turned strict science into bit sized snacks for easy reading and understanding. As a freelance consultant he has had wide experiences with promoting science to Danish industry, be it an R&D employee with a science background or non-scientific upper management.

Ahmad holds an M.Sc. in nanoscience specializing in material’s science and its analytical techniques. During Covid-19 he turned to freelance consultancy to help Danish industry gain insights into product development, scientific dissemination, and communication. Ahmad spends most of his spare time baking sourdough bread.

Building a Better Future – With Buildings

Tractor

Wood is a construction material used far and wide in enormous quantities. At the same time, it is effectively a storage of carbon which would otherwise become CO2 through natural decomposition. But what happens when the building is torn down? Burning the wood then actually amounts to CO2-pollution – simply because the carbon storage vessel is broken. After all, new trees hardly have time to grow up in the time it takes for wood to turn into ash. 

Vibe & Banke is an SME which seeks to change all of that by creating the systems, infrastructure and “drive” to extract old wood from building sites and convert it into fluffy fiber pellets. Fibers which can subsequently be used as an insulation material for new buildings, supplementing existing insulations. In this way the wood is kept out of the atmospheric loop, and carbon which was captured 50, 100 or 150 years ago remain captured – inside walls of new buildings. Good concept, great agenda – and one which LINX is ideally poised to help along by means of X-rays and some slight communication assistance.

Stay tuned!

LINX One-Page Project Cases – Biomodics

LINX Biomodics cases

As mentioned in a previous newsletter, the LINX Association is in the business of developing a parallel line of one-page project case descriptions for the LINX Focus Projects. It is a supplement to the cases which have already been made by the universities, meant to exemplify the broader value creation and innovation possibilities by X-rays or neutrons. Last month we produced two – both for Biomodics. 

Enjoy the reading! And a special apology to our German and Swedish friends for the incessant use of Danish… English versions are naturally not forgotten, just not available yet. Sorry!

Read Bedre produktforståelse af bio-tech udstyr
Read Effektiv udvikling af silikoneblandinger til medico

Members corner

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Introducing TEGnology – Smart Power Supply for IoT Devices

TEGnology develops and implements advanced thermoelectric materials, that convert heat from the environment into electricity.

The electricity can then be used to optimize efficiency as a sustainable energy source, or as power supply for IoT devices to eliminate batteries. Future IoT needs to be embedded and work autonomously.

Visit the website of TEGnology

A Hundred Years of the Niels Bohr Institute

Pictures from University of Copenhagen

March 3rd 2021 marked the centennial for establishment of the Niels Bohr Institute, and a series of events have been planned to celebrate the institute and its many groundbreaking contributions to science.

Because of the covid-19 pandemic, most of the celebration has been postponed to 2022 which is incidentally the centennial for Niels Bohr’s Nobel prize in physics. –All the more reason for celebrations! Read more about the plans here

Read more here

Putting the “Max” in DanMAX. The SinCrys Project

MAX IV
Those of you who have studied the layout schematics of the DanMAX beamline at MAX-IV (yes, most of you, we know) may have noticed a compartment inside the beamline, a relatively vacant room with nothing much in it. Guess what, that is about to change. That compartment is the locus of the DanMAX side-station, i.e. the 2nd beamline that can be built as a “branch-off” from the main beamline. Essentially the main X-ray going into DanMAX is split in two rays, and the second one led into a separate enclosure – the side station – where it can be used for a whole separate line of science.

That science is now coming to life with the granting of the SinCrys project to Bo Brummerstedt Iversen, Aarhus University. “SinCrys” is a contraction of “single crystal”, referring to single crystal crystallography. It is a technique to derive the atomic make-up in tons of different materials, not least those made of small molecules which organize themselves neatly and form crystals. Molecular materials are found everywhere and have profound impact on our lives and society – everything from pharma to food, advanced magnets to paint additives. Being able to research their structures with such a powerful instrument as DanMAX will be a major achievement.

We in LINX wish the project every success and really look forward to seeing the science coming out once the new side-station opens in a couple of years.

Read more

Scanner in Production

Exruptive has started production of its first airport X-ray scanner. Manufacturing partner is Treco in Northern Jutland. However, Exruptive’s headquarter is near Copenhagen.

The carry-on bags are scanned from 12 different angles as they pass through the scanning tunnel. The X-ray scanner is able to detect and distinguish chemicals, organic material, glass and metals inside with high accuracy. Thus, passengers can avoid divesting their bag contents, speeding up security clearance.

R&D Manager Morten Christensen states that the multispectral X-ray technology makes it possible to tell the difference between e.g. cans of Coke Zero and regular Coca-Cola.

Once the first scanner is completed at Treco, it must be certified at an international independent test center before Exruptive can go into serial production. But due to intense lab testing and promising results from Exruptive’s prototype scanners, Morten Christensen reckons that the scanner will pass the certification as planned.

Read more (in Danish)

Lipid Nanoparticles Deliver Ingredients to Beverages

SAXS experiment

Lipid nanoparticles can be used for delivering ingredients to food products or even for drug delivery. –For example, the developed mRNA vaccines against covid-19 use lipid nanoparticles for encapsulating the sensitive mRNA molecules and deliver them to the cells in the body.

In a LINX collaboration project between Chr Hansen and University of Copenhagen, lipid nanoparticles for colouring food products such as beverages were investigated with small-angle X-ray scattering to determine if the added pigment were encapsulated inside or distributed on the surface of the lipid nanoparticles.

Read the one pager
Read other LINX one pagers (furthest down)

Shout-Out: DanMAX Coming Online

On March 16th the first call for science proposals for DanMAX closed, made for the use of powder X-ray diffraction at the beamline. Suddenly, the golden days of full operation with both diffraction and imaging do not seem so terribly far away. It’s getting there! 

DanScatt Corner

The Curious Case of LINX

Yes, LINX is actually also part of the Danscatt group. Not a member – since we are not ourselves researchers – but more like an industrial liaison and observer on innovation themes. And, most recently, a communication hub. As of late 2021, the LINX team drives a whole bunch of dissemination activities for Danscatt, in order to help build awareness around the group and what it does. As Danscatt receives public funding there is also a certain demand of public communication. So stay tuned. 

We are particularly looking forward to the Danscatt Annual Meeting, especially if it may be held in physical form. Journalists from outside are easier to attract to bustling events than to zoom-conferences, after all.  

Upcoming Events

Date Event Location
Apr. 12th-13th Virtual: The 7th Diffraction Limited Storage Ring Virtual
Apr. 14th Virtual: Science at Large Scale Research Facilities – The European XFEL: new science opportunities, start of user operation and first results Virtual
May 10th-12th Virtual: Swedish Neutron Week 2021 Virtual
May 17th-20th Virtual course: SWEDNESS/LINXS Doctoral-level course on neutron imaging Virtual
May 17th-21st Virtual: QENS/WINS 2021 Virtual
May 30nth-Jun. 3rd Virtual: Magnetic Small Angle Neutron Scattering – from Nanoscale Magnetism to Long‐Range Magnetic Structures Virtual
Jun. 8th-11th Virtual: MLZ Conference 2021 – Neutrons for Life Sciences Virtual
Jun. 9th-11th Virtual: Northern Lights on Food (NLF) II 2021 Virtual
Jun. 14th-18th Virtual: SwedNESS PhD school: Neutrons in Life Science and Biomaterials Virtual
If you would like to participate or know more about LINX events, please contact Lilian Rasmussen at lir@linxproject.dk.
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