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Application of Synchrotron Radiation in Nanoscience

This course is fully booked and closed for further applications

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.

Exam info and full course description

Exam info and full course description can be found in the course catalogue.


The course is divided in two parts:

Part I: The theory and principles behind synchrotron radiation, the specific techniques, and the data analysis will be presented in a number of on-line lectures and on-line exercises.

Part II: This part of the course will be held at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg from Sunday August 8 to Friday August 13. During this week the students will perform experiments at two state-of-the-art beamlines at the PETRA III synchrotron. Different experiments will be performed for structural characterization of nanoparticle samples. The data collected during the experiments will be analyzed during workshop sessions.


Dorota Koziej, UHH

Ann-Christin Dippel, DESY

Sylvio Haas, DESY

Admission Requirements

Course Specific:

A relevant bachelor's degree within Science and Technology.


Exchange students: nomination from your home university

Freemovers: documentation for English Language proficiency

You can read more about admission here.