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Dr. Giuliana Aquilanti

Dr. Aquilanti is a head of the XAFS beamline at ELETTRA in Italy. Over the last 15 years, her research focused on development and application of x-ray techniques (mainly X-ray absorption spectroscopy) for the study of matter and was carried out at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble (ESRF) and at the ELETTRA Synchrotron in Trieste (Italy). Her research activity is devoted to structural characterization of advanced materials for energy storage and structural characterization of matter under extreme pressure and temperature conditions.

Prof. Simon Bare

Prof. Bare is a distinguished scientist at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) and adjunct professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of California. Dr. Bare has more than 27 years experience in industrial R&D, where he developed expertise in operando catalyst characterization. His interests lie in the area of operando characterization of catalysts, developing and applying new catalyst characterization techniques, and investigating structure-activity relationships in catalysis. He has over 150 publications and holds 10 US patents.

Dr. Valérie Briois

Dr. Briois received her PhD from the Paris VI University in 1991. She has been a researcher at the French synchrotron radiation facilities LURE and SOLEIL, where she is currently the head og the quick-EXAFS beamline ROCK. She furthermore works as Research Director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and she is the head of the ROCK quick-EXAFS beamline at SOLEIL. She is specialized in operando quick-EXAFS characterizations of catalysts and contributes to the spread of MCR-ALS applied to quick-EXAFS analysis. Her current research activities are focused on hydrodesulfurization and ethanol steam reforming catalysts.

Dr. Dmitry Doronkin 

Dr. Doronkin is a researcher at the Institute of Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP) and the Institute for Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT ,Germany). His main research interest is in-situ and operando hard X-ray studies on iron and iron oxide microparticles undergoing reduction or oxidation.

Prof. Anatoly Frenkel

 Prof. Frenkel is a professor at the department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering at Stony Brook University and a Senior Chemist at Chemistry Devision of Brookheaven National Laboratory. His research interests include: synchrotron-based techniques and data analysis methods in materials characterization, multimodal methodologies for characterization of new materials for CWA defense and mechanistic studies of functional nanomaterials: catalysts, electromechanical and novel filtration materials, quantum dots and batteries. 

Prof. Josef Hormes

 Prof. Hormes has established and led the Technology Transfer Office of the University of Bonn, with the first experiences of collaborating with industry published already in 1992. 
He was the Director of the Louisiana State University Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD) and of the Canadian Light Source (CLS), where he established a dedicated industrial research group. 



 Dr. Yves Joly


 Dr. Joly is a senior researcher at Institut Néel (CNRS), France. Most of his work concerns the development and distribution of the FDMNES ab initio computation code for XAS. Its function is to simulate X-ray absorption and emission spectra and scattering behaviour. Calculated spectra can then be compared to data recorded at synchrotron light sources. The main goal is to extract information about the electronic, magnetic and structural properties of a variety of materials.

Dr. Joshua Kas

 Dr. Kas is an acting assistant professor and member of the FEFF Project team at the University of Washington. His interests include the development of FEFF and extensions to calculate X-ray absorption near edge spectra (XANES), modeling and incorporating self-energy effects into FEFF, as well as ab initio evaluation of RIXS spectra. 

Dr. Wantana Klysubun

Dr. Klysubun is an assistant director for academic and research affairs at SLRI (Synchrotron Light Research Institute, Thailand). She obtained her Ph.D in 2001 on a thesis about optical studies of highly doped GaAs: C using experimental infrared reflection, absorption spectroscopy and Raman scattering. During a career training at the SPring-8 synchrotron (Japan) she gained hands-on experience in beamline optics, instrumentation and engineering. From 2006 to 2013 she was in charge of the design, installation, and commissioning of X-rays beamlines at SLRI (BL5.2, BL7.2, BL8). She was the manager of the beamline BL8, which is internationally recognized as one of the best beamlines for X-ray absorption spectroscopy of low Z elements such as phosphorous and sulfur.

Dr. Henning Lichtenberg

Dr. Lichtenberg is a scientific associate at the Hochschule Niederrhein Institute for Surface Technology (HIT, Germany), specialized in materials research using X-ray absorption spectroscopy. He contributed to building up the new SOLARIS beamline ASTRA and supports its users from Niederrhein University.

Previously he worked as a doctoral candidate in the Synchrotron Light Group at Bonn University (Germany), as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (Louisiana State University, USA), and as a group leader (In-Situ Spectroscopy/Synchrotron Methods) at the Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology).

Dr. Ritimukta Sarangi

Dr. Sarangi is a staff scientist for the Structural Molecular Biology Division at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. She is working on the design and development of a high-energy beamline with simultaneous polarized single-crystal X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography capabilities. She has 19 years of experience in the development and application of hard X-ray spectroscopy to scientific problems at the interface of DOE-BES and DOE-BER mission science. She has led several independent and complementary activities at SSRL. As a research scientist, she has led national and international teams to understand scientific questions on homogeneous catalytic systems from metalloenzymes to electrocatalytic transition metal systems.

Dr. Laura Simonelli 

Dr. Simonelli is responsible for the beamline CLAESS (Core Level Absorption and Emission Spectroscopies) at the ALBA Synchrotron (Spain). She works on the investigation of functional materials, with a particular focus on the interplay between the lattice and electronic properties and their correlations with functional properties. She is mainly focused on the study of batteries, high Tc superconductors, and environmental or health correlated materials.

Dr. Janis Timoshenko 

 Dr. Timoshenko is the leader of the "Operando Hard X-ray spectroscopy" group at the Department of Interface Science of the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society in Berlin, Germany. He received his PhD in solid state physics in 2015 from the University of Latvia, where he worked under the supervision of Prof. Alexei Kuzmin on the development of advanced approaches to EXAFS data analysis.

Dr. Fernando Vila

Dr. Vila is a staff scientist and member of the FEFF project team at the University of Washington. His interests include the evaluation of response functions using ab initio methods and determination of Debye-Waller factors that can be incorporated into FEFF calculations of EXAFS spectra.

Dr. Edmund Welter

Dr. Welter is working at DESY in Hamburg (Germany), where he was responsible for the operation of the X-ray absorption beamlines at the DORIS III storage ring, and later for the design and set-up of X-ray spectroscopy beamlines at PETRA III, a 3rd generation storage ring. Starting in 2025 PETRA III will be completely refurbished and restart operation as a 4th generation source in 2027. Part of his current work at DESY is devoted to the planning and conceptional design of beamlines at the future extremely low emittance storage ring PETRA IV.


Prof. Jakub Szlachetko

Prof. Szlachetko is the director of the SOLARIS National Synchrotron Radiation Center of the Jagiellonian University (Poland) and vice-president of the Polish Synchrotron Radiation Society. 

In 2003, he graduated in physics from Jan Kochanowski Świętokrzyska Academy in Kielce, and in 2016 he obtained his habilitation (thesis title: ´Synchrotron X-ray spectroscopy methods in the study of electronic structure and dynamics of matter transformations´). He was employed as an assistant professor at the Institute of Physics at the Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce. 

He was the chief specialist at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and a professor at the Institute of Nuclear Physics, Henryk Niewodziński Polish Academy of Sciences.