October 18, 2019
The ESRF upgrade to EBS as well as our own upgrade of the beamline are proceeding as planned, hence we expect that ROBL will become again operational in September 2020 (in friendly user operation). Please check back here and at the ESRF website for updates on the restart.
January 1, 2018
Please note the long shutdown of ESRF in 2019/2020.
Already in 2018, beamtime is limited to Jan-Jun and Nov-Dec!
New ROBL team members
November 1, 2017
During the summer, our team grew substantially. Damien Prieur (2nd from right) joined us in August to increase our manpower during x-ray absorption and diffraction experiments, and to provide his expertise in the solid state chemistry of nuclear materials. Damien Naudet (3rd from right) joined us in October as software and electronics engineer. And we also have again PhD students, Manuel Feig (center) and Jurij Galanzew (2nd from left), who started already in July. Another four new people will join us early next year as part of Kristina's ERC team.
ERC grant for Kristina Kvashnina
September 15, 2017
Kristina made it! She got the prestigious ERC grant for her proposal "TOP: Towards the Bottom of the Periodic Table" to be able to study the electronic structure of lanthanide and actinide nanoparticles. Congratulations, Kristina!
Press release "Ganz unten im Periodensystem - HZDR-Forscherin erhält millionenschwere Nachwuchsförderung der Europäischen Union"
Insider magazine December 2016 p.3 "Die Expertin für Röntgenspektroskopie - „High Potential“ Kristina Kvashnina untersucht radioaktive Metalle"
Start of the upgrade to ROBL-II
January 1, 2016
Based on an investment of 4 Mio EUR by HZDR, ROBL will massively upgrade its experimental stations in order to offer a wide portfolio of techniques for actinide and environmental research. The figure left shows the new building structure with two linked alpha-laboratories hosting four different experiments (bulk-EXAFS, high-resolution absorption and emission spectroscopy, surface diffraction and RAXR, single-crystal and powder diffraction). The new techniques will be available from 2017 on, and the full functionality of RCH-II as alpha-lab from 2020 on, together with the new superbend source of ESRF-II.
Visit of Stanislaw Tillich
October 22, 2015
The prime minister of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich, visited ROBL among other institutions of scientific and economic interest in the Grenoble area.
September 1, 2015
We welcome our new beamline scientist. Kristina (in the center) worked before at DUBBLE and ID-26 of ESRF, and comes with a profound expertise in high-resolution XANES and XES.
Visit of Gérard Foussier
April 29, 2014
As redacteur-en-chef of Dokumente/Documents, a journal for the German-French dialogue, Gérard Foussier visited ROBL to learn about the role of our synchrotron beamline for the European scientific community, including the particular pros and cons of German-French collaborations.
Visit of Sabine von Schorlemer
February 13, 2014
The state minister for Sciences and Art in Saxony, Sabine von Schorlemer, visited ROBL and signed the new contract between the ESRF and HZDR on the operation of ROBL, in presence of the director general of the ESRF, Francesco Sette, the administrative director of HZDR, Peter Joehnk, the president of the Rhone-Alpes region, and the mayor of the city of Grenoble.
Visit of the "Ausschuss für Bildung, Forschung und Technikfolgenabschätzung" of the German Parliament
Mar 26, 2013
Inauguration of the new X-ray optics
Nov 28, 2011
...with the participitation of (from left to right) Francesco Sette (director general of ESRF), Roland Sauerbrey (scientific director of HZDR), Jean Moulin (chairman of ESRF Council) and Thomas Roth (German Federal Ministry for Education and Research)