The objective of CAROTS is to bridge the world of science and industry by establishing the creation of a new type of company – so called Commercial Analytical Research Organisations (CAROs) – that act as intermediary service providers between those offering scientific expertise and those in need of this expertise. Learn more about successful European CAROs in our series of company portraits:

Excelsus Structural Solutions offer analytical services based on the use of synchrotron radiation and x-ray powder diffraction technique (synchrotron-XRPD) for the analysis of qualitative and quantitative structural and microstructural properties of materials.


Solid-Chem GmbH supports its customers with expert opinions based on experimental, scientific, retrieved data and on precisely documented experiments. By investigating the solid-state chemistry of products and modifications thereof, it offers consultative and scientific support for what encompasses the assessment and establishment of intellectual property rights. They are particularly experienced within solid-state chemistry, but do not restrict their work to this area.

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CR Competence is a high-end CRO with expertise in chemistry and physics. They are a team of business minded scientists, working as consultants and strategic scientific partner providing business critical advice. Throughout a variety of fields such as Pharmaceutical development, Personal care and Cosmetics, Medical Technology, Agriculture and Packaging, their objective is to add novelty, value and competitive edge through innovation, scientific know-how and top-level methods. Their office and lab (at Lund University in Sweden) are positioned in the heart of Medicon Valley where the new research facilities MAX IV and ESS are being built.


Xploraytion GmbH facilitates access to non-destructive X-ray based analytics at the highest sensitivities and spatial resolutions. Bridging the gap between highly advanced laboratory and synchrotron-based analytics and R&D demand, the company offers not just consulting services but a comprehensive all-round package. They offer access to state-of-the-art X-ray sources for the highly sensitive assessment of material composition.


Lidaris Ltd is a high-tech company, which provides professional optics characterization services focused on Laser-Induced Damage Threshold (LIDT). The company also offers R&D services based on original hardware and software solutions aimed at improving the quality of high power optics.

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FEAC Engineering P.C. is an engineering company specialized in providing consulting services from product concept and Computer Aided Design (CAD) drafting to advanced Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and design optimization by using state-of-the-art CAE tools.


Finden Ltd is helping businesses across catalysis, energy, pharma and automotive sectors to develop and improve their products and processes. The company has been offering advanced characterisation and analysis since 2012.

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Uppsala Synchrotronix AB is a joint venture between ROMO Scientific AB and Edwards Science & Technology AB responding to the growing industrial interest in materials research at synchrotron radiation facilities. The company covers the complete chain in an industrial R&D project. 

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