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Operando X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy as a Research Enabling tool.

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MC/I2S Seminar

X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) is a very powerful tool for the study of the electronic and local geometric structure of a specific element. The high sensitivity of the method together with its element selectivity make it possible to undertake experiments under realistic conditions of concentration, and its applicability to crystalline or amorphous solids, liquids and gases makes this method ideal for the study of processes under operando conditions. In the hard X-ray regime, the application of XAS techniques has the advantage that little compromise is required for integrating many complex sample environment setups, enabling applications in various scientific disciplines, from chemistry and catalysis, to environmental science, energy materials, physics, biology, medicine, and cultural heritage.

B18 is the core XAS beamline at Diamond Light Source, which naturally complements the specialized activities undertaken at the other XAS beamlines, allowing experiments with more general and less demanding specifications, preliminary studies, and open to the access of one-time and new users. Our energy ranges between 2-32 keV, allows the acquisition of data at most elements of the periodic table.

As a beamline scientist and an electrochemist, the aim of my talk will be to provide an insight on the kind of information X-rays can provide in different research fields, with a special touch on materials for energy applications.

This talk is part of the School of Chemistry Seminars series.

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