Characterization on large instruments

The institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)

The Institut Laue-Langevin is the world’s premier center for research leveraging neutron science and technology. As a service institute, the ILL makes its facilities and expertise available to visiting scientists from around the globe, providing them with a very high flux of neutrons feeding some 40 state-of-the-art instruments. The ILL is constantly investing in instrument purchases and upgrades for the benefit of the international scientific community.

Research focuses primarily on fundamental science in fields like biology, chemistry, soft matter physics, nuclear physics, and materials science, with applications ranging from engine, fuel, plastic, household product, and electronics development through to biological processes at the cellular and molecular levels. Neutron science and technology also has the power to deepen our understanding of some of the basic laws that govern our universe. Finally, the ILL works with corporate R&D departments and can ensure whatever level of confidentiality is required for its partners’ R&D projects.

All of the staff scientists at the ILL—whether they are chemists, biologists, crystallographers, or specialists in magnetism or nuclear physics—are also experts in neutron research and technology. It is this unique set of skills, combined with a slate of world-class instruments, that keeps the international scientific community coming back to ILL for their neutron-based research needs.


> Key figures

  • 1,500 visiting researchers/year
  • More than 800 experiments/year
  • 40 advanced instruments
  • Learn more about the ILL: ILL datasheet

The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) is a joint research facility supported by 20 countries (12 Members countries: France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and 8 associates countries: Austria, Portugal, Israel, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, South Africa)[1] situated in Grenoble, France. It has an annual budget of around 80 million euros, employs over 600 people and is host to more than 3500 visiting scientists each year.


Research at the ESRF focuses, in large part, on the use of X-ray radiation in fields as diverse as protein crystallography, earth science, paleontology, materials science,chemistry and physics. Facilities such as the ESRF offer a flux, energy range and resolution unachievable with conventional (laboratory) radiation sources

  • More information about the ESRF : ESRF

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