On 10 November 2020 at 9.00 a.m., Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously presided over the inauguration of Beamline 1 at Synchrotron Light Research Institute (Public Organization), Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
Synchrotron Light Research Institute (Public Organization) or SLRI was established under the Royal Decree on the Establishment of Synchrotron Light Research Institute (Public Organization) issued on 19 September 2008. It is an institute under a supervision of Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation. SLRI has missions of conducting research in relation to synchrotron light technology, applying of the light, and promoting knowledge transfer on synchrotron light and other related technologies. SLRI is capable of beamline construction on its own and currently has 12 beamlines available for research service to meet industrial requirement which, consequently, create high value added, and other services to serve small and micro community enterprises.
Beamline 1 is a beamline newly constructed by teams of SLRI scientists and engineers. The beamline consists of three beamlines i.e. Beamline 1.1W: Multiple X-ray Techniques, Beamline 1.2W: X-ray Tomographic Microscopy, and Beamline 1.3W: Small & Wide Angle X-ray Scattering. Beamline 1.1W: Multiple X-ray Techniques is constructed under the collaboration between SLRI and Khon Kaen University. The beamline provides services with three main techniques i.e. X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy, X-ray Fluorescence, and X-ray Diffraction appropriate for application in various research areas such as materials science, chemistry, environmental science, metallurgical engineering, and earth science.
Beamline 1.2W: X-ray Tomographic Microscopy provides services with Synchrotron Radiation X-ray Tomographic Microscopy Technique without defect or stain on samples. This technique is suitable for analyzing structure, porosity, crack, flow direction, and various phases of composite materials.
Beamline 1.3W: Small & Wide Angle X-ray Scattering is built under collaboration with SLRI and SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd. The beamline is used for monitoring X-ray scattering phenomenon in both small and wide angles. It provides researchers with more information regarding structural form of samples at nano- and even angstrom scales. Consequently, researchers can investigate relationship between sample structure and properties such as strength, elasticity, reaction to other substances, etc.
On this occasion, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn also visited SLRI exhibition about the Siam Photon Source-II Project to be constructed at Wangchan Valley, Rayong province, projects on development of Particle Linear Accelerator for applications in medical sciences, agriculture and industry, development of Mirror Coating System for Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) etc.
For over 20 years, SLRI has devoted full effort to develop the synchrotron light source and has been successful in both human resource and technology development. In addition, the research results received from synchrotron light application, covering various areas and responding to research requirement of both government and private sectors, consequently lead to creation of sustainable innovation in Thailand.