Commission on XAFS

X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS) Workshop

(26th IUCr Congress: Melbourne, Australia)

Melbourne, 22 August 2023

Venue: Room 220; Time: 8 am – 4 pm

This workshop is intended to be an introduction to X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy principles and techniques for crystallographers with tutorials and hand-on-training session on data analysis. The talks will be delivered by experienced XAFS professionals from all over the world and will include basic principles of the technique, basic and advanced data analysis techniques and examples of application of XAFS technique in several cutting-edge research areas of physical science, material and chemical sciences.

  • Dr Dibyendu Bhattacharyya (BARC, India)
  • Dr Sofia Diaz-Moreno (Diamond, UK)
  • Dr Giuliana Aquilanti (Elettra, Italy)
  • Dr Christopher Chantler (Melbourne University, Australia)
Local Organising Committee
  • Dr Chanh Tran (La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia)
  • Dr Christopher Chantler (University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Dr Ruwini Ekanayake (University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Ms Madeline van Dongen (Swinburne University, Australia)

Session Topic Time Speaker
1 Introduction to XAS theory and basic experimental techniques for beginners 8:30-9:00 Christopher Chantler
2 Application of XAS in nano materials 9:00-9:30 Anatoly Frenkel
3 Application of XAS in catalysis 9:30-10:00 Sofia Diaz-Moreno
Coffee break
4 Application of XAS in energy materials 10:30-11:00 Giuliana Aquilanti
5 MCR-ALS methods 11:00-11:30 Valérie Briois
6 Pump-probe studies 11:30-12:00 Xiaoyi Zhang
7 Photon in-Photon out spectroscopies 12:00-12:30 Matthias Bauer
Lunch Break
8 Hands-on training on basic EXAFS data analysis 13:30-14:30 Dibyendu Bhattacharyya and Diego Gianolio
Coffee break
9 Hands-on training on MCR-ALS techniques 15:00-16:00 Valérie Briois


Statement on Gender Balance at the IUCr 2022 XAFS workshop
The organizers are committed to provide an inclusive workshop for everyone and in particular, they have put forward a number of initiatives to ensure gender balance and to promote the involvement of women in the X-ray absorption spectroscopy field at all stages of their career.
  1. Taking into account the statistics of attendance and speaker balance from previous IUCr-XAFS workshops, we have developed a committee and lecturer policy, setting up the 40% ratio as a bare minimum to be looked for by the organizers. More specifically, the ratio in both the International Programme and Local Organizing Committees is 50%. This ratio has also been looked for in the lecturers (though with more flexibility, given that not all fields have the same representation). At least 4 of 9 lecturers are women (~ 45%) as can be seen in the Programme described above.
  2. Support from the IUCr to promote women students participating in the event will be sought.
  3.  Financial support for subsistence of young scientists attending the workshop will be provided ensuring gender balance.

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