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Welcome to the European Photon & Neutron Science Campus website

The EPN science campus is an international science hub in Grenoble, hosting three major European institutes - EMBL, ESRF and ILL - along with the IBS and joint partnerships. 


If you wish to submit a research proposal to the ILL or to the ESRF, please go to the User section.


Fête de la Science : merci de votre visite !
20/10/2014. Photo S. Claisse

Merci aux centaines de visiteurs qui ont visité notre chapiteau et arpenté le site de recherche EPN, le samedi 18 octobre.

A la demande générale voici les résultats du jeu-quiz sur le thème de la cristallographie (les questions puis les réponses pages 5 et 6). Les gagnants seront avertis dans les prochains jours.

Mechanisms of Morphological Transitions in Micelles Revealed by Combining Time-resolved Neutron and X-ray scattering

In soft matter and materials physics, self-assembly serves to synthesize and control nano-structures with well-defined sizes and geometries. Accurate control of the properties (structure and dynamics) of these nanoparticles is essential for the performance relevant to a wide range of products.  A new mechanism has just been observed due to the unique combination of the high resolution of synchrotron SAXS combined with the contrast of SANS. An EPN success story! See more on ILL website.

22 April 2014 (click to enlarge)
EPN campus site entrance has moved to 71 avenue des Martyrs

The epn campus site entrance is now located at 71 avenue des Martyrs, Grenoble. It is not possible anymore to access the site via the former site entrance on rue Horowitz.

 Please see here how to travel to the EPN science campus.

21/02/2014
21 February - Official inauguration of new epn campus buildings

Friday 21 February saw the official opening on the epn campus of several new buildings which were funded in part or in full by the local and regional authorities in the framework of a so-called CPER contract (Contrat de Projets Etat-Région). The opening ceremonies were attended by the French Minister for Higher Education and Research, Geneviève Fioraso, the President of the Rhône-Alpes region, Jean-Jack Queyranne, the President of Grenoble Alpes Metropole, Marc Baïetto, and deputy Mayor of Grenoble, Jérôme Safar, in their capacity as funders and faithful supporters of these projects. [more on the ILL website]

The IBS2 building - le bâtiment IBS2
17/10/2013
The IBS has just moved on to the epn campus!

With the arrival of 240 IBS specialists on the site, the epn campus reaffirms the international level of its research capacities in structural biology.

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13/10/2013
Choreographed origami: folding ribosomal RNA studied at EMBL, ILL and IBS

Building ribosomes – the cell’s protein factories – is like a strictly choreographed dance. Other ‘machines’ inside the cell have to produce specific RNA molecules and fold them into the right shape, then combine the folded RNA with proteins to form a working ribosome.  The study combined nuclear magnetic resonance experiments performed at EMBL and neutron scattering experiments performed at the ILL in Grenoble, France.

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03/07/2013
ILL: New fluorescent fingerprint tag to increase IDs from 'hidden' fingerprints

Neutron scattering at ILL and ISIS delves inside new crime scene forensics technique developed by the University of LeicesterResearch to address the fact that only 10% of fingerprints taken from crime scenes yield identifications that are usable in court

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26/08/2013
ESRF and ILL: X-rays and neutrons open new paths for energy scavenging

Harvesting unused energy has been the object of research since the days of the windmill and the waterwheel. In recent years, thermo-electric materials have enabled the re-use of otherwise wasted thermal energy as electrical power. Driven by the quest to efficiently cool densely packed micro-electronics chips, they are also used as solid-state refrigerators. One of the difficulties involved in developing thermo-electric systems that convert heat into electric current is the need for materials exhibiting high electrical conductivity but low thermal conductivity, which is only possible with complicated crystal structures. Scientists have now discovered a way of suppressing thermal conductivity in sodium cobaltate, opening new paths for energy scavenging.

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06/02/2013
X-rays reveal uptake of nanoparticles by soya bean crops

Metals contained in nanoparticles can enter into the food chain. Scientists have, for the first time, traced the nanoparticles taken up from the soil by crop plants and analysed the chemical states of their metallic elements. Zinc was shown to dissolve and accumulate throughout the plants, whereas the element cerium did not dissolve into plant tissue. The results contribute to the controversial debate on plant toxicity of nanoparticles and whether engineered nanoparticles can enter into the food chain.

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Forthcoming Events

  • 2014 BCA-BSG Winter Meeting, 15-17 December 2014

    The 2014 BCA-BSG Winter Meeting will take place on the European Photon and Neutron (EPN) Campus on 15-17 December 2014. The meeting will be themed around opportunities for Structural Biology at large-scale research infrastructure and will include sessions addressing the combination of structural information from X-rays & neutrons in Structural Biology, Structural Biology on the EPN Campus, and Emerging Techniques in Structural Biology. More information on the ESRF website.

Workshops & Conferences


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