The Anonymous Widower

Diamond Synchrotron Sparkles And Shows Its Value To UK Economy

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Chemistry World, which is a monthly chemistry news magazine published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

This is the first paragraph.

Diamond Light Source, the UK’s synchrotron, has generated a ‘fantastic return on investment’ since it became operational in 2007. That’s according to a new study that values its socio-economic impacts at around £1.8 billion with each taxpayer contributing £2.45 a year towards it.

If you read the article about the Diamond Light Source, you will find example applications where the synchroton has been used.

  • Non-destructive testing of materials and structures. Some have been over a metre in size and a tonne in weight.
  • Drug discovery and development.
  • A team from the University of Portsmouth has used Diamond to study the bacterial enzyme PETase, which digests plastic.
  • Rolls-Royce has used Diamond to examine the stresses in fan-blades.

The article also states that it has hosted 14,000 users.

With an energy of only 3 GeV, Diamond is not the most powerful synchrotron, but it is certainly one of the most sophisticated.

Related Posts

I have written about the Diamond Light Source in these posts.

The Diamond Light Source is a serious scientific tool, that ranks with the best in the world.


October 24, 2021 - Posted by | World | , , , , , ,


  1. […] I was writing Diamond Synchrotron Sparkles And Shows Its Value To UK Economy, I came across a reference to PETase, in an article in Chemistry World, where this was said about […]

    Pingback by The Diamond Light Source And PETase « The Anonymous Widower | October 24, 2021 | Reply

  2. It depends a bit on how you count “tax payers”, but by my calculation* it shows a ~£450M net loss.

    * assuming every adult pays tax.

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | October 25, 2021 | Reply

  3. Seen on the C&EN website published by the American Chemical Society
    “Run as a nonprofit organization, the synchrotron, named Diamond Light Source, is 86% owned and funded by the U.K. government and 24% owned by the Wellcome Trust, a large charitable foundation.”
    New American maths, eh!
    If it’s not the maths, then it has to be use of the English language.

    Comment by fammorris | October 25, 2021 | Reply

  4. Probably written by a medical doctor. My hospital pharmacist friend, says she has found some absolute horrors from doctors.

    Comment by AnonW | October 25, 2021 | Reply

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