HERCULES2023 / One-to-one


List of researchers available to meet one-to-one with students. It will be updated soon. The requests for the meetings are going to be collected at the beginning of the school.


Beamline Technique Scientist
ALOISA On-surface synthesis, surface functionalization; resonant photoemission, NEXAFS, XPS. Surfaces and thin films; photoelectron diffraction, NEXFAS, XPS. Singlet fission, photovoltaic process; time resolved X-Ray Spectroscopy Organic-inorganic interfaces; resonant photoemission, NEXAFS, XPS. Martina Dell'Angela
Luca Floreano
APE APE is a facility constituted by two interconnected endstations for the study of material properties in the Soft X-ray range. The Low Energy endstation (APE-LE) is specialized on spin-ARPES measurements while the High Energy one (APE-HE) on XAS, XMCD and XPS. The presence of interconnected chambers for sample preparation/growth and characterization allows for studying a wide class of materials, from topological properties to heterostructures and interfaces. Jun Fujii
Giovanni Vinai
Ivana Vobornik
Federico Mazzola
BaDElPh Study of the electronic properties and correlation effects in cristalline solids, including graphene and other 2D materials, topological insulators, superconductors etc, exploiting the low photon energy and high momentum and energy resolution angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) technique. Luca Petaccia
Giovanni Di Santo
DXRL Deep X-Ray Lithography (DXRL) is a manufacturing process by which a pattern is transferred from an X-ray mask to a material, which changes its dissolution rate in a liquid solvent (developer) under high energy irradiation, through exposition to synchrotron radiation characterized by high resolution, high intensity and extreme parallelism. Benedetta Marmiroli
Alessio Turchet
ESCAmicroscopy Chemical characterization of surfaces and interfaces at the submicron level (Electrochemistry, Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, catalysis, nanostructured materials) by spatially resolved PhotoElecton Spectroscopy (XPS). The Scanning PhotoEmission Microscope (SPEM) scans a 130 nm diameter focused X-ray beam to map the sample surface. Matteo Amati
Luca Gregoratti
GasPhase The Gas Phase Photoemission beamline is devoted to research on gaseous systems. Broad energy range, high resolving power and flux and purpose built end-stations are ideal for investigating the spectroscopy and dynamics of fundamental processes, broadly relevant to science and technology (e.g. atmospheric chemistry, material science, biomedical sciences). Robert Richter
MCX The Materials Characterisation by X-ray diffraction (MCX) beamline allows to perform a wide range of non-single crystal diffraction experiments: grazing angle diffraction and reflectivity, residual stress and texture analysis, phase identification and structural studies and kinetic studies. Systems that can be investigated vary from organic and inorganic thin films, to thermally and/or mechanically modified surfaces of mechanic components, to polymers, catalysts and highly disordered materials in the form of films, powders, fibers. Jasper Plaisier

Lara Gigli

Nanospectroscopy Nanospectroscopy operates the Spectroscopic PhotoEmission and Low Energy Electron Microscope (SPELEEM). Research applications are targeted to Surface and Materials Sciences, addressing issues related to chemical and magnetic characterization of surfaces, interfaces, thin films, and nanostructures. Andrea Locatelli
Tevfik Onur Mentes
SAXS The Austrian SAXS beamline at Elettra uses Small Angle X-ray Scattering, a non destructive and highly versatile standard method to study the nanoscale structure of any type of material ranging from new composite nanosystems to biological macromolecules, to perform in situ / pump-probe experiments in solution and on surfaces. Heinz Amenitsch
Sigrid Bernstorff
SISSI The SISSI infrared beamline at Elettra extracts the IR and visible components of synchrotron emission for performing spectroscopy, microspectroscopy and imaging. The applications cover a wide range of research fields, including surface and material science, biochemistry, forensics, microanalysis, geology, cell biology, biomedical diagnostics, microfluidics, high-pressures, time resolved IR, conservation science, protein folding, chemical kinetics etc. Lisa Vaccari
Giovanni Birarda
SyRMeP 3D and 4D X-ray imaging techniques for comprehensive microstructural properties of materials: from medicine to geosciences. Synchrotron X-ray microtomography (μCT) measurements produce threedimensional (3D) or 4D (dynamic μCT) images of the internal structure of objects with a spatial resolution at the micron- and submicron-scale. Lucia Mancini
Giuliana Tromba
TwinMic TwinMic offers transmission X-ray microscopy that has up to 10 times higher optical resolution than conventional visible microscopy, combined with a natural contrast between organic matter and water that allows imaging of specimen in their natural liquid environment without staining. Specimen can provide valuable 'bulk' information, due to the higher penetration compared to electron microscopy. Highest lateral resolution can be achieved with the full-field imaging mode, which is currently about 20 nm using special objective lenses. Other imaging modes as a compromise of X-ray intensity to chemical sensitivity can offer much less lateral resolution, in some cases up to 1 micron. Alessandra Gianoncelli
Valentina Bonanni
XAFS Hard x-ray absorption spectroscopy at XAFS determines with atomic sensitivity local structure of matter (solid, liquid, gas, amorphous). i) geological science (Ti on unknown crystals); ii) fuel cells for operando XAS in catalyst systems; iii) solid state physics (correlations); iv) time-resolved in situ XAS on heterogeneous catalysis; v) metallic nanoparticles for plasmonics. Simone Pollastri
Danilo Oliveira De Souza
Xpress Xpress is a dedicated high pressure diffraction beamline, in which the structure of crystalline materials is investigated in situ under extreme conditions of pressure and/or temperature. The related topics are condensed matter physics, mineralogy, material sciences, geophysics and chemistry. Boby Joseph
Frederico Alabarse
XRD1 X-Ray diffraction beamlines allow to obtain phase characterization of crystalline samples, with atomic details. The characteristics of XRD1 beamline allow to perform a wide variety of experiments: it hosts small molecules, protein crystallography, powder diffraction, high pressure physics and solid-state experiments. Maurizio Polentarutti
Giorgio Bais
XRD2 X-Ray diffraction beamlines allow to obtain molecular models from crystalline samples. XRD2 is dedicated to high throughput macromolecular crystallography (MX) experiments: large tunable energy range for SAD/MAD experiments, automated sample mounting in cryogenic environment and high speed large area detector are some of the key features of this beamline. Annie Heroux
Nicola Demitri
XRF The XRF beamline is a versatile instrument combining X-ray Reflectivity with X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Spectrometry. These complementary techniques assess the structure and chemical properties of matter and can be applied to a variety of fields. Having the only limitation of the sample compatibility with vacuum, XRF is the ideal beamline for the characterization of bulk samples, thin films, multilayers, powders, and histological sections, making it attractive for a wide range of research fields, from physics and geology to medicine, cultural heritage and biology. Ilaria Carlomagno
Giuliana Aquilanti
IUVS The IUVS beamline is dedicated to the study of inelastic scattering with ultraviolet radiation.

At the IUVS beamline it is possible to carry out UV Resonance Raman scattering experiments with a continuously tunable excitation radiation between 210 and 270 nm which perfectly matches with the electronic transitions involving the most important bio-macromolecules such e.g DNA, peptides and proteins, as well as many kinds of polymers.

Francesco D'Amico
Silvia DiFonzo


Beamline Technique Scientist
Machine Physics FERMI is a linac-driven free-electron laser based on High Gain Harmonic Generation, operating from the extreme UV to the soft x-ray regime. The excellent transverse and longitudinal coherence, high energy per pulse and stability relay on the generation and optimisation of high brightness electron beams (i.e. low emittance and high peak current). Mauro Trovò
PADReS PADReS is the photon transport and diagnostics system collecting the photons generated by the machine, characterizing their intensity, spectral content and other properties for each single pulse, online and shot-to-shot, and delivering them to the experiments, focusing the radiation onto the experimental samples by means of state-of-the-art optical systems. Marco Zangrando
Alberto Simoncig
Timer The EIS-Timer and EIS-Timex instruments exploit the unique characteristics of the FERMI FEL source for performing time resolved studies on condensed matter. The principal research applications are nanoscale transport properties, transient states of matter under extreme conditions and nonlinear EUV/soft x-ray optics. Riccardo Mincigrucci
Laura Foglia
Filippo Bencivenga
LDM The Low Density Matter (LDM) beamline serves the atomic, molecular and cluster physics community. The combined capabilities of the photon source (high brilliance, short pulse length, variable polarization, coherence), photon transport (variable-focusing optics) and end-station allow the investigation of many targets, such as very dilute systems, matter under extreme irradiation conditions (multiple electronic excitation, multiple ionization, Coulomb explosion, non-linear optics) and dichroism. Carlo Callegari
TeraFERMI TeraFERMI is the THz beamline for nonlinear spectroscopy at FERMI. Indeed, the high electric field of its beam can induce nonlinear effects in particular quantum materials. A class of those materials is that of Topological Insulators, insulators but with a metallic state on their surface, whose collective electrons modes (plasmons) can be controlled by the THz source. Paola Di Pietro
Andrea Perucchi


Laboratory Technique Scientist
Laser Group FERMI is based on the HGHG seeding scheme and strongly relies on the use of ultrafast laser systems for the generation of the electron bunches (photoinjector laser), suppression of microbunching instabilities (laser heater), seeding by tunable UV light (seed laser) and pump-probe experiments at the user stations (pulses derived from the seed laser). Miltcho Danailov
Alexander Demidovich
Gabor Kurdi
T-ReX T-ReX is a facility for table-top time-resolved spectroscopies, from optical spectroscopies in the infrared, visible and UV range to angle-resolved photoemission with UV and XUV pulses. It implements the non-equilibrium approach to investigate complex materials and photoinduced phase transitions. Federico Cilento
Optics Group The Optics Group supports Elettra and FERMI with conceptual and optical system design, ray tracing, wavefront propagation. The Optical Metrology Lab provides complete characterization of X-ray mirrors surface topography, thanks to a clean room equipped with interferometers and a Long Trace Profiler. The X-ray Lab sources test single crystals, multilayers and powders. Michele Manfredda
Matteo Altissimo
Scientific Computing Software for scientific simulation and data analysis.

Software for experiments, integration of scientific instruments, synchronization, data acquisition.

Georgios Kourousias
Martin Scarcia
Structural Biology Laboratory Techniques to study the molecular mechanism of proteins in the cells.

Strong expertise in biotechnology, biochemistry, biophysics and macromolecular crystallography. Protein Production Facility that gives support in recombinant protein expression and purification for structural biology. Functional and structural characterization of proteins that are deregulated in cancer and in neuro-degeneration and are promising drug targets for the treatment of these life-threatening diseases are the main scientific interests of the Lab.

Paola Storici
NanoInnovation Laboratory The NanoInnovation Lab of Elettra is specialized in microscopy techniques as Atomic Force Microscopy and Fluorescence Microscopy.

The Lab is interestes in highlighting the role of specific protein/nanovesicular biomarkers and cell/tissue biomechanics in the progression of diseases, as cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, towards personalized medicine approaches, in developing biomimetic platforms to study the mechanisms of proteins/nanovesicles interactions with model cell membranes.

Loredana Casalis
Pietro Parisse
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