Applications of neutrons and synchrotron radiation in nanoscience – University of Copenhagen

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Applications of neutrons and synchrotron radiation in nanoscience

MAX IV in the Spring

UCPH Summer School in Nano-Science


Characterising the smallest structures in natural and manmade materials in order to understand their properties and structural evolution we have to use the largest instruments producing high flux beams of neutrons and X-ray radiation. During the last 2-3 decades the facilities have gotten increasingly advanced and powerful. These years are especially exciting in Scandinavia, since two new facilities, European Spallation Source(neutron facility) and MAX-IV Laboratory (X-ray synchrotron facility), will be opened for the scientific community. We will then have world class facilities for probing nanoscale structures in our “backyard”.

In the UCPH Summer School for Nano-Science you will be introduced by leading scientist to a broad series of techniques that can be conducted at these new facilities and see how they are applied to study many different materials; natural and synthetic, soft and hard.   



  • Small (neutron and X-ray) angle scattering (SANS and SAXS)
  • Wide angle and total scattering (pair distribution function analysis)
  • X-ray absorption spectroscopy (e.g. EXAFS)
  • X-ray and neutron tomography (including ptychographic X-ray tomography)
  • Circular dichroism
  • X-ray and neutron reflectivity
  • Quasielastic neutron scattering
  • X-ray and neutron diffraction


  • Hard nanoparticles
  • Functional materials – e.g. batteries, catalysts
  • Soft matter – e.g. colloidal particles
  • Interfaces
  • Magnetic materials

Teaching and learning methods:


  • Lectures by international experts
  • Lectures and group work
  • Student presentations of group work


3 ECTS points


June 26-30, 2017


  • May 1: Registration
  • June 14: Submit poster abstract (template)


Magleås Conference Center,  Høsterkøbvej 6, Birkerød, Denmark


Online form (closed) 
Deadline May 1, 2017
A limited number of participants. Priority is given to students enrolled at one of the partners of the MAX4ESSFUN projectAarhus University (DK), Chalmers University of Technology (SE), Lund University (SE), Malmö University (SE), Technical University of Denmark (DK), University of Copenhagen (DK), University of Gothenburg (SE) or University of Oslo (NO)


No registration fee for PhD students and postdocs from the ØKS region
There is a 'board and lodging'-fee of 540€ for students from other areas.