09 Jul 2020



ISIS seeks to continually update and develop its suite of neutron and muon instruments, in order to respond to current research needs and to ensure it remains a world-leading neutron and muon source. 



ISIS is now seeking its next phase of new instruments and significant instrument developments: a portfolio of projects that has been called the Endeavour programme. Endeavour will see the ISIS instrument suite developed to meet current and future challenges in areas such as Materials for the Future; Smart, Flexible and Clean Energy Technologies; Advanced Manufacturing; and Biosciences and Healthcare.

A proposal for Endeavour has just been submitted to the UKRI Infrastructure programme. A variety of large instrument projects is included within the Endeavour suite – examples include:

HRPD-X – a next-generation high-resolution powder diffractometer enabling enhanced studies of MOFs and Zeolites amongst other materials.

LMX – a new large molecule diffractometer for single crystal studies in areas such as functional materials, energy materials and biomolecular science.

e-map and Engin-x – advanced engineering capability through upgrading the existing Engin-x and construction of e-map, a new instrument to enhance studies of real-world industrial components

Super-MuSR – enhanced time resolution and flux for next-generation muon studies

Tosca+ – an order of magniture more flux through development of the Tosca secondary spectrometer for vibrational spectroscopy studies in catalysis and energy materials.

Sandals-II – a diffractometer for chemical engineering in amorphous and liquid samples providing information on multi-component samples used in catalysis, drug release, hydrogen storage, oil industry systems and polymers. 

Osiris+ – a high-resolution spectrometer and diffractometer for studies of atomic and molecular-level motions. This upgrade will enable studies in catalysis and energy materials, enhancing exiting industrial work.

Mushroom – an entirely novel concept that will be transformative for inelastic neutron scattering. Mushroom will enable use of much smaller samples, more detailed parametric studies, and new types of sample environment and in-situ equipment, in areas such as thin magnetic films, thermo-electrics, magneto-resistive materials, ionic conductors and battery materials.