BioSAXS experiments at ESRF in Grenoble

Two of our researchers spent a sunny weekend in Grenoble - deep in the underbelly of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility!

The experimental hall and storage ring building of the ESRF © P.Ginter/ESRF

Hanna and Sebastian from our department joined a group of three scientist from the Department of Chemistry to Grenoble for a geeky weekend of small-angle x-ray scattering experiments. Instead of enjoying the sunny and hot summer weather in the picturesque French town, they spend their time in France staring at liquids flow in a tiny capillary and appreciating the beauty of small-angle x-ray scatter plots. 

Reidar Lund, one of our closest collaborators,managed to get 48 hours of beamtime at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility and kindly offered to share his experiment hours with us. We took up the offer and packed up some of our intrinsically disordered biomimetic peptides and made sure every photon of those 48 experimental hours were made to count.

Let's see what Sebastian was up to during those 48 hours in Grenoble!

0 hours: Entering the bioSAXS beamline at ESRF. So how are we supposed to find the right beamline in here..?


1 hour: Accredited and ready for the next 47 hours of SAXS experiments. 


9 hours: Loading up a new batch of samples into the SAXS instrument.


18 hours: Team Biomaterials volunteered for the night shift. We found one other half-awake scientist still up and running experiments at a neighbouring beamline when going for late night/early morning leg stretch at 2:50 AM.  


37 hours: We got a quick glimpse of the sunset after dinner. But instead of spending time admiring the beautiful scenery in Grenoble...


38 hours: ...we were all sitting at the beamline preparing our samples and planning the experiments for the final 10 hours.


42 hours: Time to get some coffee and check the beam current.


44 hours: Still managed to be fascinated by the results at 5:38 AM.


46 hours: Bedtime for Team Biomaterials, time for one last experiment for Team Chemistry.


Tags: Biomaterials, bioSAXS, ESRF, IDP, NFR
Published July 17, 2015 6:14 PM - Last modified Mar. 4, 2019 2:37 PM