Installation of a new XRF detector at MIC
Microbeam station has been upgraded with a new and unique SDD detector which boasts four segments and will offer 1.1 steradian of solid angle. The detector will enable quantitative elemental analysis of organic and inorganic samples in dried or frozen-hydrated state at (sub) micron level. Thanks to its large solid angle we aim to accelerate measurements by a factor of 5.
The design of this detector was very demanding, as it was necessary to take into account the existing geometry of the measuring chamber with respect to the ion beam: the "head" of the detector had to be bent to 45 °. Such a challenge was taken over by the company PNDetector and the purchase of the detector was partly financed by the Public Agency for Research of the Republic of Slovenia (Public tender for co-financing the purchase of research equipment; Package 17).
Publication in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Together with collaborators from University of Bayreuth and University of Copenhagen we have recently published an article entitled ˮTemporal and spatial patterns of zinc and iron accumulation during barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) grain developmentˮ. Artist Tinka Tomazin Mesec helped us to prepare a supplementary cover as well.
Article about TissueMaps on EU CORDIS portal
The TissueMaps project's goal is to identify exactly why some prostheses, such as artificial hips, fail. The results could eventually lead to safer and more effective implants.
In-situ XAS analysis of ionic species in FeCl₂ aqueous solution
In August 2020, Prof Dr Iztok Arčon and colleagues performed analysis of the atomic structure of ferric chloride solutions by X-ray absorption spectroscopy on the P65 beam line in the Petra III synchrotron laboratory at the Desy Accelerator Centre in Hamburg.