The Endeavour Programme
17 May 2021



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. 


​​​​​​​​Architects drawing of the external building that will house the Endeavour ​HRPD-X instrument.

The Endeavour programme comprises four new instruments and five significant upgrades, to be delivered over ten years from when funding is released. ​

Endeavour will deliver transformative impact in three societal challenge areas: materials for the future, clean growth and life sciences, which are aligned with key government priorities in areas such as NetZero, circular economy, hydrogen and healthcare. Endeavour’s unique capabilities will enable the development of new materials aligned to these challenges in areas such as energy storage, carbon capture and sequestration, engineering components for reactors and renewable energy sources, techniques for drug delivery and vaccine production, and catalyst improvement for chemical industries.

The Endeavour Programme has been allocated funds through the UKRI's Infrastructure Fund. The business case for Endeavour has to proceed through review and assurance processes before the funds are released. This process is ongoing, with the full business case going through the final approval process. The Programme is aiming at first spend in the 23/24 financial year.

The New Endeavour Instruments

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 ma​terials, ionic conductors and battery materials. 
More on Mushroom

Wish​-II - a new instrument and polarisation upgrade for WISH . The project is tw​ofold: building a new single crystal (optimised for small crystals) and epitaxial thin film (down to 30nm) cold neutron diffractometer WISH-I​I with a large continuous detector coverage (approx. 2.5π) and an upgrade to the existing WISH beamline to implement polarized neutron measurement capability, which together promise transformative breakthroughs in Advanced Manufacturing, Materials of the Future and Clean Growth. ​
> More on Wish-II​

eMAP : a new diffractometer for neutron diffraction studies of real‐world engineering components, with applications including 3D residual stress mapping, high spatial resolution, large and complex shaped components, near-to-surface investigations, process measurement, in-situ loading and special environments. Together with complementary facilities on ENGIN-X and IMAT, ​​​​e-MAP will form a suite of world-leading instrumentation at ISIS, using advanced neutron characterisation techniques to address a diverse range of technologically relevant problems.
> More on e-Map

LMX - a new single crystal diffractometer, optimised for studies of large molecule systems, with applications across a range of research areas in the fields of structural biology, macromolecular chemistry and functional materials. This includes many topical research areas, such as supramolecular chemistry, hybrid organic-inorganic complexes, framework materials, organometallic chemistry and studies of the active sites in biomolecular systems. ​
> More on LMX​

Endeavour - Significant upgrades

HRPD-X -  a major upgrade to the current HRPD instrument at ISIS, to expand its user base into new research areas and maintain its position as a world-leading facility for high resolution powder diffraction using neutrons. Research areas include materials for gas separation, encapsulation and purification, including greenhouse gas management or hydrogen economy. 
> More on HRPD-X

SuperMuSR – The next generation of muon spectroscopy instrument with a transformational increase in counting rate and time resolution, creating a unique instrument world-wide. ​SuperMuSR will deliver enhanced capacity and capability relevant to a wide range of studies including Faraday Battery Challenge projects to one of the most oversubscribed ISIS instruments.
> More on SuperMuSR

Tosca+ – an order of magnitude more flux through development of the Tosca secondary spectrometer for vibrational spectroscopy studies in catalysis and energy materials, enabling the instrument to remain globally competitive.
> More on Tosca+​

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.
> More on Sandals-II​

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.​ 
> More on Osiris+​

User meetings

In July 2021 a series of user meetings was held to present and discuss the Endeavour Programme projects.  Talks describing each project were given by members of the user community - you can see r​ecordings of these talks on the Endeavour Programme User Meetings web page.