Science Case

The Science Case presented to RCUK described the needs for the life sciences and the physical sciences. This case was informed by consultation with the scientific community.

Users of Diamond, ISIS and the Central Laser Facility will increasingly wish to carry out more complicated experiments. Many users' programmes will be completely transformed by access to well-equipped facilities for sample preparation and characterisation, both before and after analysis. Experience at other synchrotrons around the world has shown that research facilities close to the source have allowed visiting and resident research teams to achieve remarkable advances, benefiting from close collaboration with the beamline scientists and other technical experts at the facility.

It is intended that research programmes within the Research Complex will focus on major and challenging areas that can best be addressed by proximity to the facilities on site. Some of the areas of strategic importance where more work is needed, and where advances could have enormous impact and high pay-off were cited as

  • structural studies on membrane proteins;
  • high throughput functional structural genomics related to disease and enzyme mechanisms;
  • biological imaging;
  • catalysis;
  • drug development and delivery;
  • matter under extreme conditions;
  • chemical processing;
  • surface and nanoscience, and;
  • energy research.

Note: the above should not be viewed as an exclusive list. They were just some specific examples that were used in drafting the science case at the time. Other areas of science that might benefit from being located in the Research Complex that are not included here will of course be considered.

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