Workshop and training on X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

  in Helsinki, 11-12  June, 2018


Venue: Kumpula Campus, University of Helsinki 


Confirmed invited/selected speakers:

    • Dr. Pieter Glatzel, chairman of the Internatinonal X-ray Absorption Society (IXAS), head of the ID26 beamline at ESRF, France.
    • Dr. Valérie Briois, Head of the ROCK beamline at SOLEIL synchrotron, France.
    • Dr Yves Joly, father of the FDMNES code at the Institut Néel, France.
    • Dr Janne Pakarinen, Project manager in nuclear fuel research at SCK-CEN, Belgium.
    • José Moya Cancino, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
    • Daniel Settipani Ramirez, Department of Chemistry and Material sciences, Aalto University, Finland.
    • Prof. Bernardo Barbiellini, Physics unit, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
    • Dr Kirsi Jalkanen, Akkurate Oy, Finland

Program (almost completed):

  • 1st day: invited and accepted lectures followed by networking, round-table and discussions
Day 1 : XAS international workshop
9:30 - 10:00  Welcome, registration and coffee served
10:00 - 10:15 Opening words by Prof. S. Huotari
10:20 - 11:00

Dr P. Glatzel (ESRF)

Chemical information in X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy

11:00 - 11:40

Dr V. Briois (SOLEIL)

Operando characterization of materials by X-ray Absorption spectroscopy: Quick-EXAFS and Multivariate Analysis.

11.40 - 12:20

Dr Y. Joly (Institut Néel)

Characterization of structural and electronic properties of material using ab initio simulations of x-ray absorption spectroscopies

12:20 - 13:30 lunch break
13.30 - 14:00

Dr J. Pakarinen (SCK-CEN)

Ongoing XAS collaboration between SCK-CEN and Aalto University

14:00 - 14:30

Prof. Bernardo Barbiellini  (Lappeenranta University of Technology)

Understanding Iron-based catalysts with efficient oxygen reduction activity from XANES at the Fe K-edge and first-principles calculations

14:30 - 15:00

Networking coffee break

15:00 - 15:30

D. Settipani Ramirez (Aalto University)

Structural and electronic analysis of LiMn2O4 by XAS

15:30 - 16:00

J. Moya Cancino (Utrecht University)

Co-based Fisher-Tropsch catalyst: study of coke and carbide formation using X-ray techniques

16:00 - 16:30

Dr Kirsi Jalkanen  (Akkurate Oy)

Investigating aging phenomena in lithium-ion cells

16:30 - 17:30

Round-table + discussions

Refreshments will be served


  • 2nd day: experimental and computational hands on tutorial and training using our home-laboratory instrumentation and state-of-the-art data analysis and modeling techniques.
Day 2: XAS hands on tutorials and training
9:00 - 9:30

Dr R. Bes (Aalto University)

Fundamentals of XAS in brief

9:30 - 10:20

A.-P. Honkanen (University of Helsinki)

Sample preparation and device alignment

10:20 - 10:40 Coffee break
10:40 - 12:30

A.-P. Honkanen (University of Helsinki)

Data acquisition

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 - 15:00

Dr R. Bes (Aalto University)

XAS data analysis using Demeter

15:00 - 15:15  Coffee break
15:15 - 17:00

Dr Y. Joly (Institut Néel)

XAS data modeling using the FDMNES code


  • Participation to both days would allow to credit points for graduate students (confirmed for Aalto's and University of Helsinki's students)


  • Participation fee: 0 euro !
  • Registration deadline: Closed since may, 18th

Organizing committee:

  • Prof. Simo Huotari, University of Helsinki
  • Dr. René Bes, Aalto University
  • Ari-Pekka Honkanen, University of Helsinki
  • Miika Rasola, University of Helsinki
  • Feliks Kivelä, University of Helsinki

Financial support:

  • Doctoral Programme in Materials Research and Nanosciences (MATRENA, University of Helsinki)
  • The Maupertuis programme jointly funded by the Institut Français in Helsinki, the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the Finnish Society for Science and Letters
  • The Education Network in Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (CMMP, Aalto University)


  • The lectures on 11th of June will be given in the lecture hall CK112 of the Exactum building at the Kumpula Campus, University of Helsinki. Instructions how to arrive to the Exactum building can be found here.