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.


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; and Bioscience​s and Healthcare.

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.

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

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.

A variety of large instrument projects is included within the Endeavour suite:

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 detailed information on eMap can be ​found here.

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.​ Further details on LMX can be foun​d here.

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. Applications include high resolution studies of complex organics and inorganics; catalytic and energy-related materials; organic-inorganic composites; samples under hydrostatic and uniaxial pressures; materials with incommensurate nuclear and magnetic structures and/or large unit cells; measurements using applied fields in complex sample environment; novel in-situ studies; rapid parametric studies at high resolution and studies of small samples. For further details, see our HRPD-X webpage or summary document

SuperMuSR – enhanced time resolution and flux for next-generation muon studies. More detailed information on SuperMusr can b​e found here.

Tosca+ – an order of magnitude more flux through development of the Tosca secondary spectrometer for vibrational spectroscopy studies in catalysis and energy materials. More detailed information on Tosca+ can be found​ here.

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 detail​ed information on Sandals-2 can be found h​ere.

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 detailed information on Osiris+ can b​e found here​.​

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. Further details on Mushroom c​an be found here.

Wish​-II 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. Further details on Wish-II can​ be found here:​​

WISH-II Project_UserMeeting3.pdf​​