Since 2002 APE beamline has been open to the external user and provided, thanks to the two branches, Low and High Energy, ARPES, XPS, XAS and XMCD characterization on in-situ grown samples thanks to and MBE-STM system connected in vacuum to both beamlines . The NFFA project has recently upgraded and expanded the scope of the facility that offers multiple analysis techniques as well as access to beamtime at APE-HE. The access is open to national and international users who can apply for beamtime through the Elettra review panel for the two branches APE-HE and APE-LE separately since September 2016. In this presentation I will show the statistics of the APE-HE beamline (in terms of project received and allocated beamtime) and explain the different ways of access: proposal can be submitted through the on-line portals of Elettra, of NFFA-Trieste (Trieste.NFFA.eu) and NFFA-Europe (nffa.eu). I will report on a couple of prototypical experiments, performed at APE-HE (on magnetoelectric coupling in ferroelectric/ferromagnetic interfaces  and on surface reaction at ambient pressure ), that demonstrate the instrumental possibilities and that represent the current scientific activities of the beamline staff.
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