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ForMAX is a unique investment to facilitate research on new and improved materials based on components from wood and its manufacturing processes, to contribute to a future sustainable society. ForMAX is made possible by a donation from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the industry’s investment in Treesearch. The first experiments at ForMAX were carried out in fall 2022.

The ForMAX synchrotron beamline at the MAX IV synchrotron in Lund is an instrument dedicated to solving research questions regarding biobased materials and processes. The beamline features a tailor-made combination of experimental techniques providing unique opportunities for advanced material characterization and the ability to follow complex real-time processes. ForMAX also serves as a portal to make available other instruments and measurement techniques at MAX IV, all of which may be useful for research on biobased materials.

ForMAX is a collaboration between the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Swedish industry, where KAW finances the construction of the beamline with a donation of 100 million kronor and the industry in Treesearch will contribute to the operations with SEK 8 million yearly for ten years, ensured through Treesearch. Through this commitment, researchers active in research projects associated to Treesearch will be offered priority access to advanced characterization based on synchrotron light at MAX IV. By contributing to close and successful research collaboration between academia and industry, ForMAX contributes to the Swedish forest industry’s competitiveness.

The construction of ForMAX started in 2019, and the beamline was taken into operation in fall 2022.

For technical specifications for ForMAX, please visit MAX IV’s webpage, where you also can apply for access to the beamline in the MAX IV Calls for proposals


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