General Lab Information

About this Course

Every year NSLS-II offers a 3-day training course to those interested in learning about the use of x-ray absorption spectroscopy methods. This year, the course will be offered online from November 17–19, 2021. 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' interested in learning XANES and EXAFS methods, including experiment and data analysis, and are interested in advanced analysis and modeling methods applicable for nanomaterials research. The course will be run in a flip classroom mode (online). Participants will study video-presentations of leading experts in XAFS methods and applications in advance of the workshop. The video-lectures will be assembled to follow the workshop agenda.

During the workshop, the instructors will divide participants in breakout sections for in-depth problem solving, data analysis and modeling, to best match participants and their research interests. There will be Q&A sessions on the subject of the lectures, and in depth practicums of the EXAFS and XANES analysis software programs. X-ray spectroscopy is one of the main techniques of the DOE light sources, and the course supports the DOE mission by educating new users in the applications of this technique.

The course will be open to 80 participants, selected based on their application materials.

  • Wednesday, November 17 and Thursday, November 18 will be devoted to lectures and demonstrations of the software packages.
  • Friday, November 19 will be devoted to the practical session, in which participants will practice problem solving methods discussed in the previous days. Registered participants will have an option to analyze their own data, in addition to the projects chosen for training purpose.

Course Instructors

  • Grant Bunker (IIT)
  • Amani Ebrahim (SSRL)
  • Anatoly Frenkel (SBU/BNL)
  • Joshua Kas (UW)
  • Fernando Vila (UW)
  • Shelly Kelly (Argonne)
  • Yuanyuan Li (SBU)
  • Yang Liu (SBU)
  • Nicholas Marcella (SBU)
  • David Sprouster (SBU)

Join the Course Remotely

The Zoom connection information will be provided to you prior to the start of the event. Please do not give out this connection information. It is only for registered attendees.

Important Dates

June 1, 2021 Course enrollment opens
August 15, 2021 Course enrollment closes
September 3, 2021 Notification of enrollment acceptance (by e-mail)
September 6, 2021 Registration (for accepted applicants) opens
October 22, 2021 Registration (for accepted applicants) closes

Course Information

Note: This event falls under Exemption D (Formal classroom training held at Federal facilities, which does not exhibit indicia of a formal conference as outlined in the Conference/Event Exemption Request Form.) Participation is contingent on application acceptance.