European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (Belgium is a founding member)



  1. What is ESRF?

ESRF, located in Grenoble in France, is a center of excellence, a joint research facility supported by 21 countries. Since its opening in 1994, this "super microscope" produced the most powerful X-rays in Europe to explore everything from biological molecules, sustainable polymers and nanostructures to archaeological treasures and innovative components for fuel cells.

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ESRF counts 13 member countries (France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Russia) and 8 associate countries (Austria, Portugal, Israel, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, South Africa).

The different researches at the ESRF focus mainly on the use of X-ray radiation in fields such as proteins, crystallography, earth science, paleontology, materials science, chemistry and physics.

Facilities such as the ESRF offer a flux, energy range and resolution unachievable with conventional (laboratory) radiation sources.

Industry relevance for ESRF:

  1. Belgium in ESRF
  2. Belgian Top Technology in ESA
  3. ESA contacts for industry

Name: Dr Laurent Ghys

E-mail address:

Phone: +32 2 238 37 52

Address: Avenue Louise 231 
B-1050 Bruxelles

Company/agency: BELSPO

Role: Adviseur - Conseiller : improve the link with the Belgian in order to reinforce their collaboration with the Regional Trade Agencies in 2017 (AWEX and FIT).