Online database provides chemical spectra to the masses  

La-Trobe-XPS-Hub-Header_FOR-WEBLa Trobe University’s Centre for Materials and Surface Science (CMSS) has unveiled a new open-access online database of XPS spectra, providing a global reference point of in-depth materials analysis to researchers from around the world.

After little more than a month of being available, XPSSurfA already comprises more than 100 datasets, translating to 1,500 individual spectra resulting from more than 1,000 hours of instrument time.

The reference data collection held by the CMSS has applications across fields ranging from advanced manufacturing to medicine, and from engineering to biosensing. The ultimate objective of the project is to share well-described, discoverable, and reusable sets of surface science data.

Using a Kratos Analytical AXIS Nova instrument, part of CMSS’ suite of capabilities available to ANFF users, the database creates a standard set of results for researchers from around the world to compare their own findings with.

Users select the relevant materials, and view, rescale and analyse the spectra, all within the  browser window.

In addition to the datasets, the full measurement procedure is described through ANFFHub, a recipe database platform available to all.

All XPSSurfA records and data files in the database are available via Open Access under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC) 4.0 International License. This means any data file in the database can be downloaded to view, reuse, compare and publish alongside the user’s own research with appropriate attribution.

The XPSSurfA database is an initiative led by CMSS with the support of the NCRIS-funded organisations, the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) and the Nectar Cloud.

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