About Us

MAX IV Laboratory is a national research facility hosted by Lund University. Scientists from around the world come every year to the lab and use X-rays for scientific research to make the invisible visible. The research in areas include physics, chemistry, geology, engineering and materials science, structural biology, medicine and nanotechnology. MAX IV Laboratory, inaugurated 2016, is a new facility which is the world's most advanced synchrotron and replaces the former laboratory which was shut down in 2015 after serving the science community for almost 30 years. Approximately 210 people are currently employed at the MAX IV laboratory and in the coming years, a further 50 people will be recruited. Currently, 14 beamlines, the experimental stations where the research is conducted, are funded and in various stages of completion. In total, some 25 beamlines are to be installed on the two storage rings as well as on the extension of the linear accelerator. When fully developed, the MAX IV Laboratory will accommodate up to 3000 researchers per year. MAX IV has several funders that contribute to different parts; The Swedish Research Council, Lund University, who is also the host university for the facility, VINNOVA, Region Skåne and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation are the largest. In addition to these also the following contributes: Academy of Finland, Estonia, a Danish consortium of universities and governmental bodies, Chalmers University of Technology, University of Gothenburg, Karlstad University, Karolinska Institutet, The Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University, Luleå University of Technology, Stockholm University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå University and Uppsala University.