Germany, Hamburg

Application of Synchrotron Radiation in Nanoscience

when 15 July 2019 - 23 August 2019
language English
duration 6 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 138

The course focuses on practical characterization of nanoparticles using powder X-ray diffraction, total scattering and pair distribution function analysis, and small angle X-ray scattering using synchrotron radiation. Hands on experience at state of the art instrumentation will train the students in performing experiments at synchrotron facilities. The aim of the course is to highlight the complementarity, differences and strengths of the individual techniques and give the students the tools to make an informed selection of a beamline/instrument and in addition to design an experiment for a specific problem.

Learning outcomes:

After completing the course the student is expected to be able to:

- Identify the main technical components in the beam lines and relate to their effect on the resulting data

- Account for how synchrotron experiments are carried out

- Rooted in the theory behind small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and total scattering (TS) experiments, discuss the influence of experimental parameters on the obtainable results

- Perform data analysis of SAXS, PXRD and TS data

- Based on theoretical reflection and the acquired data, discuss the strengths, weaknesses and complementarity of the three experiments in relation to investigation of atomic structure, shape, size and crystallinity of nanoparticles.

Synchrotron radiation (generation, source types, properties), scattering theory (Thompson & Compton scattering, scattering from atoms, refraction, reflection, absorption and fluorescence), beamlines (front end, primary optics, mirrors, monochromators, focusing, detectors), diffraction from crystals (lattices, structure factor), powder X-ray diffraction, Rietveld refinement, total scattering & pair distribution function, small angle X-ray scattering, practical aspects of synchrotron experiments, including safety training.

Course leader

Dorota Koziej and Ann-Christin Dippel

Target group

Master's students

Fee info

EUR 138: Exchange students: No Fee

Freemovers, EU/EEA: 138 EUR

Freemovers, NON-EU/EEA: 1159 EUR

Books, course materials, social programme, and housing are not included in the fee.


No scholarships available