Sample environment for combined nano-mechancial testingand nanodiffraction

Coordinating university or institute

Chalmers University of Technology,



Project description

The purpose of the project is to develop and implement a sample environment for in-situ nanomechanical testing at MAX IV. The set-up will be based on a nanoindenter instrument intended for in-situ operation in scanning electron microscopes (SEMs), which will be adapted for use on synchrotron beam lines. The sample environment can be transferred to SEMs in order to verify experimental setups before attempts at synchrotron beamlines, and to perform correlative experiments. The setup will be flexible to allow testing of different materials (metals, ceramics, polymers and biological materials such as bone and wood), and the modular design will allow upgrades to accommodate e.g. tensile testing as well as high-temperature, cryogenic and dynamic deformation conditions. The instrument will be part of the standard sample environment pool at MAX IV.




Chalmers University of Technology:

  • Magnus Hörnqvist Colliander, Docent, senior researcher in physics

Lund University, MAX IV Laboratory:

  • Gudrun Lotze, Doctor, Postdoc sample environment and detector systems
  • Stefan Carlson, Doctor, group manager sample environment and detector systems
  • Gerardina Carbone, Doctor, instrument scientist at Nano MAX beamline

Core deliverables

  • Definition of requirements and specifications of in-situ nanoindenter equipment.
  • Definition and development of approach for integration into MAX IV control and data management system
  • Acquisition and installation of nanoindenter, including commissioning at both NanoMAX beamline and Chalmers SEMs.
  • Demonstration of correlated tests at MAX IV and Chalmers.

Total budget

EUR 370,000

Procurement codes

Mechanical Engineering and raw materials

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