Neutrons for Industry: SINE2020

“Industry Consultancy” work package aims at increasing industrial use of European neutron sources

Started in October 2015, the H2020 project SINE2020 will create an innovation-friendly environment around European neutron sources to tackle societal challenges by coupling research and innovation. Analytical techniques, like provided at neutron sources, are the basis of understanding how materials and processes work and essential for innovation in a knowledge-based society. The work package "Industry Consultancy" will strengthen the cooperation between European industry and neutron facilities by providing free measurements to industry at leading European neutron sources.

In recent years, neutron facilities have increasingly faced the prospect of opening their services to industrial users. Not only is there an increasing demand from industry for advanced analytical research tools, but there is also continuous demand to bridge the gap between basic research on advanced materials and industrial applications.

The “Industry Consultancy” work package aims to enhance knowledge in industry about neutron based analytical methods and to establish the potential for a broader industrial user-base for both existing neutron facilities European Spallation Source (ESS) in the near future. Specifically it will address the following points:

• Creating a Europe-wide network for outreach of neutron facilities to industry

• Training and education of industrial researchers in the application of neutron-based techniques

• Offering a structured and direct access for industrial research to European Neutron facilities through feasibility studies in this project

• Providing a business model for the future use of neutron scattering by industry, covering key issues like access, intellectual property and regional variations.

A central activity of SINE2020 Industry Consultancy is the offer for test measurements or feasibility studies, supported by Europe’s neutron facilities and the EU Horizon2020 programme. These measurements will be free of charge for the participating companies and will enable neutron facilities to show their capabilities in advanced analytical techniques and their value as a cooperation partner in innovation-driven research. Companies have the opportunity to submit a short application via the project website. The application will then be discussed by an evaluation panel, consisting of industrial liaison officers at the facilities at short notice. Detailed knowledge about neutron techniques is not mandatory.
SINE2020 follows a problem oriented approach and will evaluate if the applicant’s questions can be answered by using neutrons as a probe. The evaluation panel will clarify the feasibility and decide which technique and which facility is best suited to help the applicant. The service includes data analysis and interpretation of the results, which will be sent to the applicant in form of a detailed report.

SINE2020 is in close cooperation with the Science Link Network (www.science-link.eu), which offers additional analytical tools, including synchrotron radiation, to companies from the Baltic Sea Region. If the question cannot be answered with neutron techniques, the application can – if the applicant is interested – be forwarded to the Science Link Network.
The first call for industry applications is now open.

For further Information about neutron techniques and the application process, please visit the SINE2020 homepage, or contact us directly via industry@sine2020.eu!

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Britta Höpfner