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Data Analysis and Modeling of XANES and EXAFS Spectra: Applications to Nanomaterials


The course will be offered on November 1–3, 2017, at Brookhaven National Laboratory. It continues the annual tradition of gathering a group of scientists, active in the field, to share their expertise with those interested in learning about the use of x-ray spectroscopy methods in their research. The course will be useful for those scientists who are already familiar with the foundations of XAFS experiment, theory and data analysis, and seek training in advanced methods.

The course will include lectures, software demonstrations, and data analysis sessions. The emphasis will be on applications of XAFS to nanomaterials but we will welcome all participants who are interested in modern analysis methods. Course instructors will use examples from their research during presentations.

Topics covered will include theory of XANES, data analysis using XANES, structural refinement using XANES, molecular dynamics, reverse Monte Carlo and machine learning methods and their application to XANES data analysis. During the data analysis practicum on November 3, participants will get an opportunity to work with research projects with the help of the course instructors.

The course will be open to 30 participants, selected based on their application materials.

  • Wednesday, November 1 and Thursday, November 2 will be devoted to lectures and demonstrations of the software packages.
  • Friday, November 3 will be devoted to the practical session, in which registered participants will practice problem solving methods discussed in the previous days. We will also plan a tour of spectroscopy program beamlines at the NSLS-II in one of the days.

Instructors: J. Timoshenko (SBU), V. Krayzman (NIST), A. Kuzmin (ISSP, Riga), Y. Li (SBU), H. Singh (SBU), A. Frenkel (SBU/BNL).


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This meeting falls under Exemption D. Formal classroom training held at Federal facilities, which does not exhibit indicia of a formal conference as outlined above. The exception would include activities such as regular courses of instructions or training seminars at the National Center and the HAMMER training facility at Hanford, and regular courses of instruction or training seminars conducted by the office of Management for Acquisitions, workforce related to the core activities of the department.

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