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Synchrotron light has unique characteristics of intensity and coherence that can reveal otherwise inaccessible details of materials, simplify their manipulation and provide information in multiple fields of study including electronics, environmental sciences, materials engineering, medicine, and micro and nanotechnologies. The light is generated by electron accelerators, carried through micrometrically collimated beams selected according to their wavelengths, and transmitted through a beamline to the utilisation and measurement stations.
In this section a number of studies and developments undertaken at the Elettra in recent years are decribed. You'll find many examples of the wide range of the services. The Industrial Liaison Office of Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A. promotes technology transfer and offers assistance to all who wish to take advantage of its sophisticated skills and equipment.
Biocatalysis for industry
In order to promote the economic exploitation of biomass and agroindustrial by-products, such as sugars, cellulose, starch and oils, new biocatalytic processes involving enzymatic catalysts are under study with the contribution of Elettra Laboratory.
Toxic gas detectors nanotubes
It has been shown at Elettra that even minute concentrations of toxic gases, such as nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, nitric oxide and ammonia, can be detected by monitoring electric properties of carbon nanotubes.
Studies have been carried out at Elettra on asbestos fibres to identify the proteins involved in the interaction between asbestos fibres and the pulmonary tissue that may reduce its elasticity and therefore the efficiency of oxygen absorption.
Chemical analysis of particulates
A PM10 (particulate matter less than 10 microns in diameter) monitoring method has been set up at Elettra to perform spectroscopic analysis to quantify in real time, all metals from aluminium upwards.
Crystallography based on diffraction techniques has been employed at Elettra to acquire detailed information on the three dimensional structure of some bacterial enzyme that under certain conditions it can be exploited in bio-technological applications.