Soft matter is made of polymers and organic matter and is a familiar material that supports our daily lives, as well as an indispensable material in the field of cutting-edge science.
For Japan to lead the world in academic research and industry in this field and to become more competitive, it has been required to build an experimental facility dedicated to soft matter research and conduct more advanced research and development.
Therefore, a beamline industry-university consortium dedicated to the development of frontier soft matter, which carries out everything from basic research to the development of applied technologies related to manufacturing, in collaboration with industry and academic researchers, was established in SPring-8, a large synchrotron radiation facility. Construction of a beamline dedicated to Matter research has been carried out.
In February 2008, Japan’s leading companies and universities in the field of soft matter each set up research groups, and these 17 research groups formed a consortium. Furthermore, the consortium started construction of the Frontier Soft Matter Development Industry-Academia Beamline in SPring-8 at BL03XU.
After that, two more research groups participated in December 2008. In November 2009, the undulator synchrotron radiation successfully oscillated and the construction was completed in February 2010.
Since April 2010, full-scale research and development have been conducted by fully utilizing the performance of FSBL.
The 10-year contract was expired in September 2019, and the second term of FSBL has started in September 2019.