This beamline is specialised in X-ray spectroscopy in the energy range 4-32 keV. Time-resolved experiments and combinations with SAXS and WAXS are routinely carried out. There is appropriate infrastructure for on-line catalysis experiments.
Status:  open


  • Chemistry
  • Materials and Engineering
  • Physics
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Life Sciences


  • None


  • XAFS - X-ray absorption fine structure
  • EXAFS - extended X-ray absorption fine structure
  • XANES - X-ray absorption near-edge structure

Energy range

  • 4.0 - 32.0  keV

Beam size

  • Minimum (H x V) : 10.0 x 10.0  µm²
  • Maximum (H x V) : 2.0 x 0.3  mm²

Sample environments

  • Several furnaces
  • Cryostat
  • Gas rig for high pressure/flow catalysis


  • Spectroscopy detectors
  • X-ray scattering detectors

Technical details

BM26A is specialised in catalysis but also performs many other types of research. For the use of the catalysis infrastructure one should consult the staff before applying for beamtime.

[1] M. Borsboom et al., The Dutch-Belgian beamline at the ESRF, Journal of Synchrotron Radiation 5 (1998), 518-520. [2] W. Bras et al., Recent experiments on a combined small-angle/wide-angle X-ray scattering beam line at the ESRF, Journal of Applied Crystallography 36 (2003), 791-794. [3] S. Nikitenko et al., Implementation of a combined SAXS/WAXS/QuEXAFS set-up for time-resolved in situ experiments, Journal of Synchrotron Radiation 15 (2008), 632-640.