General Lab Information

About this Course

Every year Brookhaven National Laboratory offers a three-day training course to those interested in learning about the use of x-ray absorption spectroscopy methods. This year, the course will be offered on site November 1–3, 2023. 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 advanced XANES and EXAFS methods, including, tentatively, molecular dynamics EXAFS (MD-EXAFS), reverse Monte Carlo EXAFS (RMC-EXAFS), machine learning – assisted XANES and EXAFS (ML-XANES and ML-EXAFS), and data analysis and are interested in advanced modeling methods applicable for nanomaterials research.

During the last day of the workshop, as has been our tradition since the inception of Brookhaven XAFS short courses, the instructors will divide participants in groups 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 on the first and second days of the workshop. 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.

Course participants will be limited and 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 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

  • J. Timoshenko (Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin)
  • A. Kuzmin (University of Latvia, Riga)
  • K. Lomachenko (ESRF, Grenoble)
  • P. Routh (SBU)
  • N. Marcella (U. Illinois)
  • R. Shimogawa (SBU/Mitsubishi Chem.)
  • A. Frenkel (SBU/BNL)

Course Sponsors

  • Department of Chemistry, BNL
  • Synchrotron Catalysis Consortium
  • User Executive Committee at NSLS-II, BNL


This event does not have a hotel room block. Participants should make their hotel reservation. When booking your reservation, you may need to guarantee your room with a credit card.

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Important Dates

June 28, 2023 Course enrollment opens
August 31, 2023 Course enrollment closes
September 5, 2023 Notification of enrollment acceptance (by e-mail)
September 6, 2023 Registration (for accepted participants and auditors) opens
October 20, 2023 Registration deadline for all accepted participants and auditors including non-U.S. citizens registration deadline for all participants who do not have an active appointment with Brookhaven Lab. You will be directed to the appropriate form once you have completed the event registration.
October 30, 2023 Registration (for accepted participants and auditors) closes at 11:59 pm

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.