Centre for Photon Science

Photon Science at Uppsala University

There are many users of photon science at Uppsala University. Below is an incomplete list of our photon-science-related research:


Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics
Research on light-matter interactions at the atomic level for understanding and control of electronic properties for molecules and liquids, including structure and dynamics of biomolecular systems, and environmental molecular science, as well new functional materials for e.g. solar cells, batteries, photocatalysis and magnetism. Leading in the development of X-ray based methodology.


Structural biology
Research on structure and function of macromolecules and macromolecular complexes using X-ray crystallography as a main technique and small-angle X-ray scattering as a complement. Biological areas of interest include enzymes, drug design, protein-nucleic acid complexes, chaperone-assisted folding, aggregation, and assembly and antibiotic resistance.

Molecular Biophysics
Produced the scientific case in imaging that assured funding for the first X-ray free-electron lasers (the LCLS and the European XFEL). The Laboratory provides personnel and in-kind contributions for the construction and running of the European XFEL and the European Extreme Light Infrastructure, and are members of four User Consortia at the European XFEL:

Engineering sciences

Solid State Physics
Performs research on magnetic materials, materials for energy efficiency and environmental applications, medical technology, and biomaterials. We utilize X-ray diffraction, X-ray reflectivity, Magneto-optic Kerr effect, Raman and FTIR spectroscopy, and UV-Vis-NIR-IR spectroscopy. Synchrotron based work involve X-ray magnetic circular dichroism, x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopies. Future plans involve XMCD-PEEM, synchrotron based nano-scale imaging & spectroscopy, in situ PES and electronic structure studies of correlated and photo-responsive and materials.



Is your photon-science-related research activity not listed? Please send a mail to olle.bjorneholm@physics.uu.se