Environmental protection, nanotechnology, diagnosis of diseases, and even samples of cosmic dust – these are only some of directions in research that will be performed soon thanks to the decision of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education to finance the construction of two new beamlines and end station at the SOLARIS synchrotron in Kraków.
The new research infrastructure, eagerly awaited by the Polish scientific community, includes:
- a beamline for infrared spectroscopic studies (FTIR)
- a beamline for multimodal X-ray imaging (POLYX)
- a scanning transmission X-ray end station (STXM).
The main research conducted on the FTIR beamline will focus on biomedical aspects, from in vitro (conducted on cell cultures in laboratory conditions) to ex vivo experiments (on tissues or cells collected from living bodies), in the range of basic research, developing new analytical technologies and diagnostics.