Background, project partners and lecturers

We make MetaLSF possible – with our expertise in applying high-energy X-rays and neutrons measurements to applied research about metallic materials



“Super microscopes” for revealing material composition and structures down to nano scales describes what large-scale research facilities (LSFs) can do in research. LSFs are located around Europe and the world. Examples are the MAX facilities in Sweden, DESY in Germany and ESRF in France. These LSFs make it possible to perform advanced scientific experiments, which are not possible in ‘normal’ laboratories. It is recognised that LSFs have led to major scientific advances. LSFs are therefore widely used for cutting-edge basic research by scientists from many different disciplines. It is emerging that LSF are also powerful tools for applied engineering research aimed at solving industrial problems and shaping innovative processes, materials and products. The challenge however is that it takes a long time for engineers at companies to learn about, and start applying LSF techniques, in their R&D work.

This project will therefore work to overcome that challenge by enabling researchers and engineers working within the metallic materials sector to learn about LSF research – as well as how LSF methods can be applied in their company’s product/process development.

Together we will achieve this aim by a combination of:

  • Theoretical courses to enable the necessary overview of the physics of LSF techniques

  • Practical hands-on training at LSFs and workshops, including activities where the participants can bring their own problems to work on - together with LSF experts.

The experts that you will work with have decades of experiences in using LSFs in applied research aimed at solving industrial problems.


KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Since its founding in 1827, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities.  One of KTH’s major areas of research and education is material science, which involves the development of sophisticated materials and process models as well as the use of both advanced laboratories and large scale synchrotron facilities. Synchrotron measurements are now a key scientific and engineering tool for gaining time resolved in-situ material and process data.  It was therefore a natural step for KTH to lead this MetaLSF initiative so that industrial researchers can also make effective use of this key tool.


Prof Peter Hedström

Peter Hedström is a professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.   At KTH, Peter is responsible for the Hultgren Laboratory for material characterisation.  Peter’s material characterisation research and educational activities also make extensive use of synchrotron facilities.  Peter has therefore accumulated over 18 years experiences in high-energy x-ray measurements and over 7 years experiences in neutron measurements.  Such experiences include designing new experimental environments so that it is possible to make in-situ, time resolved, measurements of complex material processes.  Peter is also the Director of the Center for X-Rays in Swedish Material Science, CeXS. CeXS is the academic host of the Swedish Material Science beamline that is located at DESY’s PETRA III synchrotron facility in Hamburg, Germany.

University of Oulu

Located in north Finland, the University of Oulu is one of the largest universities in Finland. As an international science university, it creates innovation for the future, well-being, and knowledge through research and education. The university is hosting the Centre of Advanced Steels Research, a national centre of expertise focusing on the chemical, mechanical and physical metallurgy of steels, including control and information engineering and modelling. Researches dedicated in advanced steels are benefited by cutting-edge characterizations that enabled by in and ex situ synchrotron radiation techniques for phase and microstructural determinations. Oulu is a partner of the MetaLSF project, supporting the overall activities and leading the Work package 4.


Prof Wei Cao

Wei Cao is an associate professor at the University of Oulu. He is leading a multidisciplinary group consisted of researchers, engineers, as well as business development experts. The industrial connections have been demonstrated in R2B, and R2E tracks. Wei has dedicated in synchrotron radiation techniques to probe materials properties since his Ph.D time in University of Fribourg, Switzerland. With more than 14 years of synchrotron experiences, he is very active in surface-to-bulk studies of structural and functional materials using spectromicroscopic techniques and high energy in/ex situ x-ray diffractions to unveil physical mechanisms behind materials functionalities.

Grenoble INP

Grenoble INP is an institute of engineering and management and is part of the University Grenoble Alpes. Research at Grenoble INP is conducted at the school’s national and international laboratories, which are operated jointly with partner institutions (CNRS, INRIA, IRD, and the CEA) within the Grenoble-Alps University community. The school’s internationally-renowned research is made possible by close cooperation between the different labs and the technology platforms’ advanced equipment and know-how. Grenoble INP and UGA are highly ranked in the field of metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science. The proximity of ILL and ESRF made possible strong collaboration between labs and these two large scale instruments for fundamental science but also applied science. It is thus natural that Grenoble INP is involved in MetalSF to train engineer from industry.


Prof Sabine Rolland du Roscoat

Sabine Rolland du Roscoat is an associate professor from university of Grenoble Alpes and is doing research in 3SR Lab (Soils, Solids Structure and Risks, a solid mechanics lab). Her research activities deals with physics and mechanics of fibrous materials (paper and board, composite made up of polymeric matrix reinforced by synthetic fibers, biological tissues). A specific attention is paid to link the microstructural features to the macroscopic behaviour during various thermo-hygromechanical loadings. To do so, the microstructures are characterized using synchrotron or laboratory X-ray microtomography during loading (Relative Humidity ranging from 10% to 90%, temperature from 20°C to 100°C, traction/compression/torsion).

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

RISE is a unique mobilisation of resources to increase the pace of innovation in our society. By gathering a number of research institutes and over a hundred test beds and demonstration environments under the umbrella of a single innovation partner, we create improved conditions for society’s problem solvers.

We gather around challenges and organise ourselves accordingly. Together, specialists in disparate fields innovate and resolve tough problems. Depending on the nature of the challenge and our assignment, we take on a variety of roles in the innovation system, and develop new ones as and when required.

We are owned by the Swedish State and work in collaboration with and on behalf of the private and public sectors and academia. Together, we develop services, products, technologies, processes and materials that contribute to a sustainable future and a competitive Swedish business community.



SSAB's vision - a stronger, lighter, and more sustainable world
SSAB is a highly-specialized global steel company driven by close relationships with our customers. SSAB develops high-strength steels and provides services for better performance and sustainability.
SSAB is a leading producer in the global market of Advanced High-Strength Steels (AHSS) and Quenched & Tempered Steels (Q&T), strip, plate and tube products, as well as construction solutions. SSAB’s steels and services help to make end products lighter and increase their strength and lifespan.
SSAB has been at the forefront of sustainability in many ways. SSAB’s plan is to offer fossil-free steel to the market in 2026 and to eliminate all of our CO2 emissions by 2045.
SSAB takes advantage of frontier technology and has for some years used large scale facilities in their research to analyze and further develop even more superior products.


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