Who we are
Who we are
CERIC integrates and provides open access to some of the best facilities in Central and Eastern Europe, to help science and industry advance in all fields of materials, biomaterials and nanotechnology. With a single entry point to some of the leading national research infrastructures in 8 European countries, it enables the delivery of innovative solutions to societal challenges in the fields of energy, health, food, cultural heritage and more.
The Austrian facility (RE: Graz University of Technology) is dedicated to the structural characterization of nanosystems with scattering techniques covering topics such as advanced materials, (bio-)polymers, proteins in solids, surfaces, liquids and in the gas phase. The facility provides access to its light and X-ray scattering laboratories, as well as to the Austrian SAXS beamline and Deep X-ray Lithography beamline, both at Elettra.
The Croatian facility (RE: Ruđer Bošković Institute) develops and allows access to ion beam techniques for materials’ modification and characterization, such as PIXE and RBS, as well as a heavy ion microprobe, dual beam irradiation chamber with RBS/channeling, and TOF ERDA spectrometer.
The Czech facility (RE: Charles University Prague) has expertise in surface analysis, thin film growth and studies of the reaction mechanism on catalyst surfaces. It offers Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS, XPD, ARUPS) with Low Energy Ion Scattering Spectroscopy and LEED, Field Emission Gun Scanning Electron Microscope, Near Ambient Pressure XPS and access to the Materials Science Beamline at synchrotron Elettra dedicated to soft X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and NEXAFS.
The Hungarian facility (RE: Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Centre for Energy Research) performs R&D in nuclear science and technology, studying the interaction of radiation with matter and doing isotope and nuclear chemistry, radiography and radiation chemistry, surface chemistry and catalysis (PGAA, NAA, RAD). Neutron scattering instruments allow investigation of microscopic properties of solids, liquids, soft materials, biological objects and condensed matter (PSD, SANS, TOF, GINA, MTEST, BIO, TAST).
The Italian facility (RE: Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste) covers a wide range of experimental techniques and scientific fields, including photoemission, spectromicroscopy, crystallography, dichroic absorption spectroscopy, x-ray imaging etc.
The Polish facility (RE: Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education) offers techniques based on synchrotron radiation: the PEEM/XAS beamline (200-2000 eV photon energy range) is equipped with PEEM – Photoemission Electron Microscopy – and XAS, devoted to spectroscopy studies by absorption of soft X-rays. The UARPES undulator beamline (8-100 eV photon energy range) is equipped with the ARPES endstation, allowing precise studies on the structure of energy bands of solids and their surfaces.
Marek J. Stankiewicz
The Romanian facility (RE: National Institute of Material Physics) has HRTEM and EPR laboratories for research in solid state physics and materials science, including the synthesis and characterization of advanced materials for applications in microelectronics, catalysis, energy industry and ICT.
The Slovenian facility (RE: National Institute of Chemistry) offers NMR spectroscopy for chemical analysis and identification, for determining 3D structures and studying the dynamics of small and larger bio-macro-molecules, for tracking chemical reactions in analytical and bioanalytical procedures, for studying polycrystallinity and identifying metabolites and various amorphous forms.
Each Member country appoints one Representing Entity (RE), and contributes to CERIC by making available and supporting a high-quality Partner Facility. The Partner Facilities are strongly complementary to each other, allowing the integrated use of analytical and modification techniques based on microscopic probes for nano-level science and technology. Available methods include NMR, X-ray electron spectroscopy and light scattering, ion beam analysis, high-resolution electron microscopy, X-ray electron spectroscopy, materials’ analysis using synchrotron radiation and neutron beams.
Access to the facilities is open to researchers from all over the world through the submission of single- or multi-technique proposals to the two calls for proposals launched every year. A peer review evaluation system guarantees a competitive free access to the nearly 50 multi-probe techniques available. The only condition for free open access is publication of the results of the experiments.
Commercial users can also request access to CERIC, which is granted on market-based conditions.
The scientific quality of the infrastructure is ensured by the periodical evaluation of all laboratories by an international independent expert body, the International Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (ISTAC) of CERIC.