Synchrotron radiation, characteristic for high intensity, excellent directionality, and continuity over wide energies, has become an essential tool for leading material science, engineering, analytical chemistry, etc., with its fine processing ability and various high-performance analyzing techniques. In Kyushu area, Japan, first synchrotron radiation source at that island was founded in 2006, named Kyushu Synchrotron Light Research Center, abbreviated as SAGA Light Source or SAGA-LS. Based on that change, Kyushu University made an action to build an original beamline at SAGA-LS entitled “Apparatus for experiments utilizing high intensity synchrotron radiation” with special government’s support and budgets from Kyushu University and the beamline was finally completed in 2008. In that apparatus, X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (XAFS) can be used as an analytical tool for nanostructures and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) is also available for measuring the size and shape of nanomaterials.
Followed by its background and history, Research Center for Synchrotron Light Applications, Kyushu University, was founded for functioning as an educational unit utilizing advanced analyzing technology (XAFS/SAXS measurement system) and as a core unit of jointing research projects utilizing SAGA-LS, making co-working relationship accelerated among Saga prefecture, Saga university, and universities throughout Kyushu area.
Director Prof. Yuji Soejima Vice-director Prof. Hisahiro Einaga Prof. Makoto Tokunaga Environmental Materials Prof. Hisahiro Einaga Prof. Hiroyuki Toda Prof. Tatsumi Ishihara Energy Materials Prof. Tanemasa Asano Prof. Syo Matsumura Prof. Koichi Kakimoto Prof. Shigeto Okada Prof. Michitaka Ohtaki Soft Biomaterials Prof. Atsushi Takahara Prof. Daisuke Kohda Prof. Takanori Takiue Associate Prof. Yoshiaki Takahashi Associate Prof. Ken Kojio Associate Prof. Ikuo Taniguchi Fundamental Research Prof. Akira Harata Prof. Yuji Soejima Prof. Makoto Tokunaga Associate Prof. Haruno Murayama Associate Prof. Tsuyoshi Yoshitake Associate Prof. Maiko Nishibori Technology Development Prof Kazuhiro Hara Visiting Prof. Toshihiro Okajima Associate Prof. Hirotaka Okabe Associate Prof. Takeharu Sugiyama Assistant Prof. Satoru Yoshioka Assistant Prof. Toshio Ishioka Other Staff Office Admin. Nao Kubo