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Applications of Neutrons and Synchrotron Radiation in Nanoscience
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5778-18-10-31Activity has taken place
PlaceMagelås Conference Center
Høsterkøbvej 6, Birkeråd, Denmark
Date and timePeriod not defined
Regular seats20
ECTS credits3.00
Contact personHenning Osholm Sørensen    E-mail address: osholm@nano.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserHenning Osholm Sørensen    E-mail address: osholm@nano.ku.dk
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Exam formOral presentation of an essay/assignment
Exam formOral defence, presentation of the Group Work, Critical questions from lecturers
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours
Course hours75.00


In the UCPH Summer School for Nano-Science you will be introduced by leading scientist to a broad series of techniques that can be conducted at these new facilities and see how they are applied to study many different materials; natural and synthetic, soft and hard.

Techniques covered:
•Small (neutron and X-ray) angle scattering (SANS and SAXS)
•Wide angle and total scattering (pair distribution function analysis)
•X-ray absorption spectroscopy (e.g. EXAFS)
•X-ray and neutron tomography (including ptychographic X-ray tomography)
•Circular dichroism
•X-ray and neutron reflectivity
•Quasielastic neutron scattering
•X-ray and neutron diffraction

Materials covered:
•Hard nanoparticles
•Functional materials – e.g. batteries, catalysts
•Soft matter – e.g. colloidal particles
•Magnetic materials

Speakers and Teachers:

•Prof. Robert Feidenhans'l, European X-ray Electron Laser Facility
•Prof. Kai Fauth, University of Würzburg
•Prof. Jan Skov Pedersen, Aarhus University
•Senior Scientist Didier Blanchard, Technical University of Denmark
•Asst. Prof. Kirsten Ø. Jensen, University of Copenhagen
•Research Scientist Marianne Liebi, MAX-IV Laboratory
•Senior Scientist Søren Schmidt, Technical University of Denmark
•Dr. Konstantin Klementiev, MAX-IV Laboratory
•Assoc. prof. Henning Osholm Sørensen, University of Copenhagen
•Senior lecturer Max Wolff, Uppsala University
•Professor Anders Mikkelsen, Lund University
•Instrument Scientist Pascale Deen, ESS - European Spallation Source

Contact and organisers:


•Assoc. Prof. Henning Osholm Sørensen, osholm@nano.ku.dk
•Senior Adviser Ellen Juel Nielsen, max4essfun@chem.ku.dk


•Henning Osholm Sørensen, University of Copenhagen
•Kirsten M. Ø. Jensen, University of Copenhagen
•Luise Theil Kuhn, Technical University of Denmark
•Anders Mikkelsen, Lund University
•Marite Cardenas, Malmö University
•Aleksandar Matic, Chalmers University of Technology
•Reidar Lund, Oslo University of Oslo
•Pascale Deen, European Spallation Source

Learning outcome
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

· Learn basics of X-ray and neutron radiation and their interaction with matter

· Learn about techniques offered at synchrotron and neutron facilities. The students had 2 hour lectures with small exercises on:
- 3DX(N)RD microscopy
- Small angle scattering
- X-ray absorption spectroscopy
- Powder diffraction and total scattering
- Reflectometry
- X-ray imaging
- X-ray magnetic circular dichroism
- Quasi elastic neutron scattering

· Learn about combinations of small angle scattering tomography combined with crystal orientation mapping

· The student will perform a 10-15 hour group project on either SAXS, EXAFS, PXRD, PDF analysis or X-ray tomography. The project includes theoretical or experimental work (data treatment) or both and present the work in a 20 minutes powerpoint presentation

Lectures and notes

Teaching and learning methods
•Lectures by international experts
•Lectures and group project work
•Student presentations of group work

A limited number of participants. Priority is given to students enrolled at one of the partners of the MAX4ESSFUN project: Aarhus University (DK), Chalmers University of Technology (SE), Lund University (SE), Malmö University (SE), Technical University of Denmark (DK), University of Copenhagen (DK), University of Gothenburg (SE) or University of Oslo (NO).


No registration fee for PhD students and postdocs from the ØKS region.
There is a 'board and lodging'-fee of 540€ for students from other areas.

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