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ILL Lipids Lab

Institut Laue-Langevin

The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) is one of the world’s flagship Centre for neutron science located in Grenoble, France. The Soft Matter Science and Support (SMSS) group at the ILL is responsible for setting up a Deuteration-Lipid extraction facility, the “L-Lab”, initially funded by the SINE2020 grant and in collaboration with the ILL’s D-lab. The idea behind creating this facility was conceived, back in the year 2013, with the main objective of maximizing the application of neutron scattering techniques to understand biological membranes and their behavior. At present, the L-Lab provides a wide range of hydrogenous and deuterated phospholipid mixtures, purified from natural extracts of yeasts and bacteria.

Deuteration capabilities

  • Bacteria
  • Algae
  • Yeast
Key molecules

User access

User program

Operates year round. Priority will be given to requests related to experiments to be carried out at the ILL. In this case, the application will be reviewed by the internal ILL scientists and in case of positive outcome, the material will be provided free of charge. Co-authorship of staff at the ILL involved in the preparation of lipids will be requested.

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Institut Laue-Langevin
71 Avenue des Martyrs
CS 20156
38042 Grenoble
Cedex 9


Research Scientist