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The mission of the SNBL is to provide scientists from both Norway and Switzerland, from both academia and industry, with increased access to synchrotron radiation. A user on SNBL has access to state-of-the-art, custom-designed instrumentation for diffraction and absorption experiments. Both partner countries have relatively large and exceptionally active scientific communities using X-ray diffraction and absorption as their main probes; for these groups the amount of public beamtime offered by ESRF was insufficient from day one, and this is the raison d’être of the Swiss-Norwegian Beam Lines at ESRF. Nowadays, it is fully understood by the  scientific community that many of the most challenging problems in structural crystallography can be solved only with the use of synchrotron radiation, and even  then, often enough, only by harnessing the combined power of two or more experimental techniques (such as, e.g., powder and single-crystal diffraction). The SNBL has four such different experimental techniques, which are distributed over two beamlines, and presently include:

  • High-resolution single-crystal diffractometry

  • Large-area diffraction imaging

  • High-resolution powder diffractometry

  • EXAFS spectrometry

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On the Mechanism Underlying the Direct Conversion of Methane to Methanol

by Copper Hosted in Zeolites; Braiding Cu K‑Edge XANES and Reactivity Studies

The application and quantification of in
situ copper K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES), when linked to independently made reactorbased studies of methanol production, result in a majority relation between the production of CuI and methanol from methane that complies with the expectations of a two-electron mechanism founded upon CuII/CuI redox

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018




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