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Studying the materials chemistry in solution utilizing X-ray spectroscopic and scattering studies

The newest generation X-ray synchrotron sources and FELs provide opportunity to study chemistry of materials with an ultra high temporal-, energy- and spatial-resolution, thereby enabling the scientific investigation not covered by textbooks. The aim of this symposium is to overarch the cutting edge research in this vigorously emerging field of X-rays scattering and spectroscopy.


The two days symposium will focus on research making use of modern large-scale research facilities like synchrotrons, X-ray free electron lasers for studying chemistry of organic, inorganic and bio-inorganic materials. It would be an excellent opportunity to bring together scientists from different communities employing novel X-rays spectroscopic and scattering techniques to study wide range of chemical transformations in solution.

The ultimate goal of the symposium is to highlight how the modern methods can be utilized in identifying and resolving the central questions related to colloidal nano-materials, photo-, electro- and biological catalysis and to the lesser extends on the methods themselves.

In this context, the symposium will allow to establish the fundamental knowledge, which in the future will leverage the discovery of the new chemical reactions, efficient catalytic processes and nano-materials with unique novel properties.

Moreover, symposium will particularly showcase the chemical processes at different time scales ranging from ultrafast molecular movies, which are visualizing the bond formation during catalytic or biological processes to the relatively “slow” kinetics of nanoparticles growth.

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The proposed symposium will cover the X-ray  synchrotron and FEL scattering and spectroscopic studies related to the research areas related to Bio- & Nano Inorganic Materials, particularly:

  • Bio-inorganic molecules, clusters and complexes
  • Inorganic clusters, colloidal synthesis of nanoparticle and complex nano-structures, 
  • Synthesis and properties of colloidal 2D materials
  • Hydrothermal, solvothermal and supercritical reactions and synthesis of nanoparticles and metal-organic-frameworks
  • Nucleation, growth and phase transition of nanoparticles in solution
  • Assembly inorganic building blocks into complex structures & bio-mineralization
  • Ferrofluids and their theranostic application
  • Light-driven chemical reactions in solution
  • Photo-catalytic materials and reactions
  • Photo-electrochemical reactions incl. flow batteries, electrolytes for Li-ion batteries  
  • Reactors and micro-reactors for time resolved studies in solution

List of invited speakers (confirmed):

  • Majed Chergui, EPFL, Switzerland
  • Mari-Ann Einarsrud, NTNU, Ålesund, Norway
  • Yoshihisa Harada, The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Bo Iversen, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • A. Platero-Prats, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • David M. Tieder, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Moniek Tromp, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Junko Yano, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, Physical Biosciences Division, USA

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Symposium organizers
Dorota KOZIEJUniversity of Hamburg, Center for Hybrid Nanostructures

Institute for Nanostructure and Solid-State Physics, Luruper Chaussee 149, 22761 Hamburg, Germany
Karena CHAPMANArgonne National Laboratory

9700 S Cass Avenue, Lemont, Illinois, 60439, USA

+1 6302520127
Kirsten JENSENUniversity of Copenhagen, Department of Chemistry

Universitetsparken 5, 2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark

+45 40517636
Serena DE BEERMax Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion

Stiftstr. 34-36, D-45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany

+49 (208) 306 3605