The Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire, UK, has just received our new ESPYRig operando stress rig for materials characterisation! The system was successfully commissioned on i16 by beamline scientist Gareth Nisbet this month. More details about the instrument can be found on our website. They can now synchronise their synchrotron X-Ray datastreams with sample voltage, stress, strain, charge, temperature and even optical response! We also carried out novel experiments on single-crystal piezoelectric materials, used for medical imaging devices, and those discoveries will be published soon!

Developing this new tool has been an incredible journey for my company and for me personally. Through technical collaboration, we have managed to develop a new tool that has the versatility to be used in many environments. ‘The ability to synchronise materials’ performance to their structural properties presents unique pathways to accelerate materials and device development’ – a view shared by our Diamond collaborators!

Electrosciences have now integrated ESPYRig instruments at Diamond Lightsource and also at the ESRF (another synchrotron in Grenoble, France) on the UK’s XMaS beamline.

Gareth Nisbet at i16 beamline, Diamond Light Source, receiving their new ESPYRig Instrument.

Gareth Nisbet at i16 beamline, Diamond Light Source, receiving their new ESPYRig Instrument.

Our new ESPYRig installed on the i16 beamline at the Diamond Lightsource

Our new ESPYRig installed on the i16 beamline at the Diamond Lightsource

Our new ESPYRig installed on the i16 beamline at the Diamond Lightsource - close up shot looking down with the rig rotated

Our new ESPYRig installed on the i16 beamline at the Diamond Lightsource – close-up shot looking down with the rig rotated