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Highlights de SOLEIL 2023

The new edition of our Highlights brings together 42 standout achievements selected from the approximately 700 articles published in 2023, resulting from the research undertaken both on SOLEIL's beamlines and within all the synchrotron teams that enable scientists to use these beamlines.
The year 2023 concluded with the announcement from the Ministry of Higher Education and Research of initial funding for SOLEIL II. In the Highlights 2023, you will also discover significant progress in the Technical Design Report, in areas such as beam injection, magnetic element design, and diagnostic systems, thanks to the work carried out in parallel with our mission of welcoming our users, which remains our priority.

Browse the electronic version of the SOLEIL Highlights 2023



Table of contents:


Health & Well-Being

18-19 20-21 Biometal entrapment within amyloid-β plaques allows for detection via X-ray phase-contrast imagingFocus on the Interactions between proteins and cellulose in a liquid crystalline media

22-23 Magnetic property imaging reveals the organization of biomineralizing symbiotic bacteria around a eukaryotic host cell

24-25 When micro X-ray fluorescence and micro X-ray absorption spectroscopy bridge food nanotoxicology

26-27 28-29 Snapshots of three DNA repair factors cooperating to maintain DNA ends at proximityAssembly and disassembly of a 900 kDa ring-shaped structure involved in spermatogenesis and cancer

30-31 Decrypting the control of ß-methylation in virginiamycin M biosynthesis

32-33 Nanothermometry for Monitoring Local Temperature in Tumor Cells using X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy


Advanced Materials

38-39 Coupling Ferroelectric with Colloidal Nanocrystals to Engineer the Charge density

40-41 Exploring a quantum confined 2D gas in a novel 2D ferroelectric material (α-in2Se3)

42-43 Insights into thermodynamics and phase trasition of high entropy alloys for solid-state hydrogen storage

44-45 Effects of composition and fine structure on the functional properties of spinel oxide thin films

46-47 In situ hot isostatic pressing by X-ray imaging and diffraction of additively manufactured material

48-49 Magnetic vectorial nanotomography with holography

50-51 Solid-state reactions at the metal-semiconductor interface

52-53 Insights into the growth of Hybrid Perovskites by SAXS/WAXS combined with in situ Liquid-Phase TEM

54-55 Dirac electrons in a blue phosphorene monolayer


Cultural Heritage

60-61 Investigating the manufacturing techniques of Renaissance armour by SR- X-Ray Diffraction

62-63 Revealing morphometric features of archaeological textiles using automated 3D microscale analysis

64-65 X-ray Imaging of the Pigment Discoloration Processes in the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi

66-67 Improving the analysis of prehistoric mammoth ivory by means of SR-XRF imaging

Environment & Geosciences

72-73 A second life for ashes from co-combustion of bark and sludges

74-75 Investigations of magnetite-Co interactions: from environmentally relevant trace Co levels to core-shell Fe3O4@Co(OH)2

nanoparticles with magnetic applications

76-77 78-79 Peptide bond formation in protonated serine dimers following UV IrradiationDiscovery of the oldest macroscopic planktonic eukaryotes - Contribution of the NANOSCOPIUM beamline


Sustainable energy

84-85 Insight into photovoltage generation in perovskite solar cells using operando HAXPES

86-87 88-89 Make the hematite great again!Looking at the CO2-Fe interaction in a molecular CO2-reducing catalyst with in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy

90-91 New insights on fission products speciation in spent nuclear fuels by HERFD-XANES

92-93 94-95 Insights into direct catalytic conversion of methane to C2+ hydrocarbonsUnlocking Oxygen Electroreduction: Exploring How Secondary Metals Enhance Iron-Nitrogen-Carbon Catalysts

96-97 Resonant Energy Transfer Mediated Efficient Hole Transfer in The Ternary Blend Organic Solar Cells


Fundamental Processes in Isolated Systems

102-103 Solvated dielectrons from optical excitation: an effective source of low-energy electrons

104-105 The post-collision interaction effect: from gas phase to solid state

106-107 Profiling the liquid-vapor interface at the Ångström scale


Accelerators, Engineering & Instrumentation

110-111 Progress in Controlling Micro-bunching Instabilities in Synchrotron Radiation Facilities

112-113 Data analysis remote treatment service available for all our users

114-115 Spectral calibration of an X-ray CCD for the astrophysics space mission SVOM

116-117 DANTE Digital Pulse Processor for XRF and XAS experiments

118-119 New Upgrade of the 352 MHz Solid State Power Amplifiers

120-121 New Chilled Water Production Station122-123 Accelerators related TDR Progress