Centre for X-ray and Nano Science

CXNS construction site in August 2020

CXNS construction site in August 2020 (Copyright: © DESY / Reimo Schaaf)

Roofing Ceremony

Roofing Ceremony CXNS building (10 December 2019).

CXNS construction site

CXNS construction site with cranes - early into the project in July 2019 (Copyright: DESY).

CXNS construction site

The CXNS is getting into shape. The outside cladding is finished - interior works are ongoing (Foto: DESY CXNS Webcam).


The Centre for X-ray and Nano Science (CXNS), a cooperation of DESY with the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) and the Christians-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU), is being built. The construction has started in autumn 2018 and the completion of the new research building CXNS is scheduled for 2021.

In addition to several DESY research groups, the building will house the DESY NanoLab as well as the German Engineering Materials Science Centre (GEMS) of the HZG and the Ruprecht-Haensel-Labor, a long-standing cooperation between the CAU and DESY. The idea of this new centre is to establish a new state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure for three strong research partners. CXNS will provide excellent possibilities for sample preparation, direct connection to all mayor DESY light sources and complementary research methods.


CXNS roofing ceremony

In December 2019 the roofing ceremony was celebrated. Interior work had started already at that point. Guests of honor (from left to right): (v.l.): Matthias Rehahn, Martin Müller (both HZG), Helmut Dosch (DESY), Volkmar Dietz (BMBF), Eva Gümbel (BWFG), Lutz Kipp (CAU), Edgar Weckert (DESY), Frank Duddeck (SBI Siemke & Co), Andreas Stierle (DESY). (Foto: DESY/ A. Heimken)


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