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13 December 2011
Prof Mark Breese (left) and Dr Keith Carpenter unveiling the plaque of the XAFCA
The layout of the XAFC beamline
ICES Executive Director Dr Keith Carpenter said: "The XAFCA facility provides a value proposition for the chemicals industry. Through the study of catalytic reactions, we can understand the behaviour of the active sites during the reaction. By understanding exactly how the catalyst works, the selectivity and robustness can be improved to give higher yield and reduced manufacturing costs in many chemical industries coupled with reduced environmental impact."
Besides catalytic materials, the new facility will also allow the study of other materials with applications in important fields such as electronic, energy storage, batteries and fuel cells.
SSLS Director Prof Mark Breese said: "The opening of the beamline facility marks a milestone for us by expanding our capabilities and integrating with in-situ analysis." He added that the scope of SSLS' analytical applications and number of beamlines have increased since it was commissioned in 1999 and he was confident that this effort would create a vibrant research environment which would drive advancement in synchrotron radiation instrumentation.