HZB Scientific Selection Panel

In order to strengthen the synergetic use of neutron and synchrotron radiation, HZB has implemented the common HZB Scientific Selection Panel to assess proposals for synchrotron radiation beamtime at BESSY II in joint sessions.

The HZB Scientific Selection Panel is organised in seven Scientific Colleges, which have been grouped according to research fields, in order to facilitate discussions on the scientific merit of the proposals.

All users applying for synchrotron radiation beamtime are requested to choose the appropriate Scientific College for their proposal upon online submission.

The rules of procedure of the HZB Scientific Selection Panel are available here.


C1. Soft Condensed Matter, Biology, Life and Health Science

College C1 reviews proposals dealing with soft matter and bio-inspired materials. Topics include structure, dynamics and kinetics in the bulk and at interfaces. In addition it reviews radiobiology- and radiotherapy-related proposals. Projects concerned with biophysical questions or palaeontological samples are assessed in this college as well.

Proposals dealing with confined geometry effects may also consider college C6 (material sciences and hard condensed matter).

C2. Macromolecular Crystallography (MX)

College C2 ( MX-College) primarily deals with proposals related to macromolecular crystallography (e.g. protein structure determination).

C3a Surfaces and Interfaces, thin films (non-magnetic, no catalysis)

College C3a reviews proposals related to surface chemistry, thin films and interfaces. The emphasis is on morphology, structure and (electronic) interactions in these systems.

C3b Chemistry, Catalysis and Diluted Matter Research

College C3b reviews proposals related to structure, state, composition and reactions of substances, including chemical crystallography. Pathway and dynamics of chemical reactions as well as catalysis are a further focal point for this college.

Proposals from the fields gas phases, liquids, solutions and small clusters will be discussed here too.

Proposers aiming primarily at crystallographic or structural investigations are encouraged to consider college C6 (material science and hard condensed matter).

C4. Electronic Structure (not magnetism)

College C4 reviews research projects dealing with the investigation of electronic structure of matter, primarily with spectroscopic methods.

For projects with emphasis on magnetism college C5 (Magnetism and Superconductivity) is recommended.

C5. Magnetism and Superconductivity

College C5 reviews research projects with emphasis on geometric and electronic structure of magnetic materials, magnetic effects and magneto-dynamics.

C6. Material Sciences and Hard Condensed Matter (no spectroscopy)

College C6 reviews proposals related to fundamental materials science/novel materials as well as to materials of industrial or engineering relevance. Projects concerning geological questions or chemical structures/crystallography are be addressed in this college.

Topics from micro-electronic relevance are discussed in this panel.