Bio- and Soft Materials


The main objective of this internal research program is the development and application of synchrotron techniques to the investigation of micro- and mesophases of Bio- and Soft Materials for the development of new materials, such as new delivery systems for drugs, new cosmetics, plastics, textiles and other organic based materials and organic synthetic polymers. These materials are typically non-crystalline, rich in organic matter and with multi-scale organization, which requires a combination of various techniques for observing the form and structure from nanometer to millimeter scale.

The Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS) has experimental stations with specialized instrumentation to investigate biological materials from the atomic scale, as is the case of protein crystallography, nanometric scale – by small-angle x-ray scattering and infrared nanospectroscopy – to micrometric scale – with X-ray tomography and fluorescence.

In the UVX synchrotron light source, the beamlines SAXS1, SAXS2, IR, IMX, XRF and TGM are the main experimental stations where projects in this program are currently run.