MAX IV laboratory to benefit from Danish research investment

A Danish research project which aims to maximise the University of Copenhagenís use of MAX IV and ESS has been awarded DKK 29.7 million. The project, led by the former interim director of the MAX IV laboratory, Sine Larsen, will interact closely with the MAX IV laboratory which stands to benefit from the increased research activities.

The University of Copenhagen has recently awarded DKK 400 million to 18 interdisciplinary research initiatives. One of the projects, “Fertilizing the ground and harvesting the full potential of the new neutron and X-ray research infrastructures close to Copenhagen University” is led by the former interim director of the MAX IV Laboratory, Sine Larsen. The project has received DKK 27.9 million and aims to contribute to maximising the University of Copenhagen’s use of MAX IV and ESS. The project involves 31 researchers from natural sciences, health sciences, social sciences, humanities and law.

Under Sine Larsen’s leadership, the project is to develop methods for x-ray imaging, which can be used to study implants and their environment, for example. The project will also study submicrometer-sized crystals which are important for investigating complex and large proteins. The project is meant to interact and cooperate closely with the MAX IV laboratory, which stands to benefit from the increased research activities and the development of new methods which will occur within the project.

Different focal points within the project

The researchers from the natural science and health science disciplines will mainly study various biological samples. The main focus for these experiments will be on developing new experimental methods and on how best to analyse the results. With the help of synchrotron light, the researchers from humanities will study fragments of papyrus of unknown archeological provenance, in the hope of finding a way to classify their origin. The researchers from social sciences will focus on the path from experiment to innovation, while the law researchers will mainly investigate the legal dimensions of the management of large research facilities and the way in which they handle intellectual property rights.

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