701-1336-00L  Cook and Look: Synchroton Techniques

SemesterSpring Semester 2019
LecturersM. Nachtegaal, C. Borca, M. Janousch
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


AbstractAtomic-scale structure elucidation of trace metal complexes by synchrotron-based X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray fluorescence. Basics of spectroscopy and diffraction.
ObjectiveTo get a thorough understanding of available state-of-the-art synchrotron-based techniques for the analysis of biogeochemical samples.
To learn the basics of spectroscopic data analysis.
Problem solving strategies and reporting in a scientific format.
ContentThis course will introduce state-of-the art synchrotron (at the Swiss Light Source) based techniques (X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray tomography) for the analysis of trace elements in biogeochemical systems. On the ‘cook’ day, each synchrotron technique will be introduced by a lecture, after which samples will be ‘cooked’ (prepared and mounted in the experimental station). This will be followed by the ‘look’ day where the collected data will be analyzed.
Lecture notesCook and Look course manual will be distributed before the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course language is english. The course will take place at the Swiss Light Source, located at the Paul Scherrer Institut. Students will be housed for several nights in the guest house.
You are required to contact the organizers upon registration, since beamtime and housing has to be reserved well in advance.