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Short course: Applications of XAFS to Nanocatalysis Science

October 25-27, 2007

Organizers: Anatoly Frenkel, Syed Khalid, Scott Calvin

The short course in XAFS analysis will be offered in October 25-27 at the NSLS, Brookhaven National Laboratory. It will continue the annual tradition of gathering a group of scientists, active in the field, who share their expertise with those interested to learn about possible use of XAFS in their research, or those who are relatively advanced. The upcoming course will be geared at the users of synchrotron catalysis community who are already using or would like to learn more about the use of XAFS (both EXAFS and XANES) for in situ studies of nanocatalysts.

The course format will include real-time beamline demonstrations in the mornings. Mini experiments will be presented by J. Hanson, S. Khalid, S. Calvin, J. Kirkland, N. Marinkovic, K. Sasaki and A. Frenkel. The themes include:

  • Quick XAFS studies of reduction/oxidation of Cu;
  • In situ experiments in catalysis cell: time resolved XAFS/RGA studies;
  • High throughput data acquisition;
  • Experiments in electrochemical/fuel cell.

Facilities of the Synchrotron Catalysis Consortium (SCC): reactors, detectors, gas handling and residual gas analysis equipment will be used for the demonstrations.

The lectures will include: Selected topics in EXAFS data analysis, Application of EXAFS to studies of real samples, How to incorporate QXAFS in your research program, and EXAFS and XANES theories: recent updates.

The main focus of the course is to provide our participants with hands on knowledge of EXAFS data analysis. There will be three data analysis sessions during each day of the course. The course participants will bring their own data to get help with analysis during the course. In addition, the data collected during the demonstration experiments will be analyzed as well.

For all inquires related to the course please contact Anatoly Frenkel (

Foreign citizens: please contact Gretchen Cisco (, who will advise you on applying for NSLS access.

Registration for this course is closed.