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Maya Kiskinova

Elettra Fellow since 2021
Senior Scientist - Coordinator Research Projects till end 2020
Sc. D. Habilitation, 1990
Ph.D. in Chemistry, 1977


Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste, Area Science Park,
Basovizza-34149, Trieste-Italy
Tel. +39-040-3758549 or +39-335-1272661
Fax: 0039-40-3758565
E-mail: maya.kiskinova@elettra.eu


  • Research positions in Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia 1977-1989.
  • Senior Scientist, Sincrotrone-Trieste, Italy 1990-1999.
  • Head of Microscopy Section, Sincrotrone Trieste, 1999 - 2008.
  • Coordinator soft x-ray imaging and microscopy programs, 2008 - 2010.
  • Coordinator research projects, 2011 - 2020.

Visiting positions, Grants and Honours

  • 1980 - National Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg MD, USA
  • 1982/83 - Alexander von Humboldt Scholarship in IGF-KFA Julich (FRG)
  • 1987/88 - University of Pittsburgh, Surface Science Center – 18 months
  • 2002 – Italian citizenship for scientific merits.
  • 2004- 2005 Distinguished Research Grant of AvH Foundation (Germany).

Teaching Activities

  • Undergraduate 5th year students, University of Trieste. Subject: X-ray Microscopy and its applications - 2001-2010.
  • PhD course, Polytechnic University - Nova Gorica (Slovenia) - 2000-2004.
  • PhD course in Nanotechnology, University of Trieste - since 2009.

Lecturer at International schools

  1. Since 2004 - ICTP School on Synchrotron and Free-Electron-Laser Sources and their Multidisciplinary Applications.
  2. 2015 - 2019 - SILS School on Synchrotron Radiation.
  3. 2014 and 2017 - Summer College on Physics and Contemporary Needs, Islamabad
  4. 2014 - International School and Symposium on Synchrotron Radiation in Natural Science, Warsaw.
  5. 2012 - ICTP International School on Materials Science Related to Renewable Energy Applications.
  6. 2008 - 9th International School and Symposium on Synchrotron Radiation in Natural Science, Ameliówka (Poland).
  7. 2007 - 1st Croatian Synchrotron Radiation School, Rijeka.
  8. 2006 - 1st International Summer school of MATCOR, Mainz (Germany).
  9. 2006 - Hercules Specialized Courses on X-ray imaging, Grenoble (France).
  10. 2005 - International Summer School Nicolás Cabrera, Miraflores (Spain).
  11. 2005 - Summer School on Condensed Matter Research - Spectroscopy and Microscopy Zuoz (Switzerland).
  12. 2004 - ICTP Spring College on Science at Nanoscale.

Research activities and experience

Expertise: Research interests and achievements cover different aspects of nano-structured organic and inorganic materials, thin films, interfaces, surface reactions, mass transport, electronic and magnetic properties, chemical reactivity, fuel and solar cells, nano-toxicology and transient states of matter. Last 20 years of research activities have been focused on exploring the properties and transient states of matter at sub-micrometer length scales and development of relevant synchrotron and FEL-based methodology.

Publications and invited talks

Over 350 articles in reviewed journals, 16 invited reviews and articles, one book, three book chapters and 2 U.S. Patents. Over 100 invited, keynote and plenary lectures at International Congresses, Conferences, Symposia and Workshops. h-index - 52.

Other Activities

1. Member of Scientific Advisory Boards of XFEL-Hamburg since 2016-2021; SOLARIS (Poland) since 2019- ; SOLEIL (Paris, France) 2009-2019; PSP-DESY (Hamburg, Germany) 2012-2018; ALS (Berkeley, USA) 2008-2014, SESAME (Amman, Jordan) 2012-2017.

2. Member of Proposal Review Panels XFEL-Hamburg – since 2018-; ALS (USA) since 2013- ; CERIC – since 2017-; BESSY (Germany) 2014-2018; LCLS (USA) 2013-2017, DESY-FLASH (2012 - 2017); MaxLab (Sweden) 2012-2015; ALBA (Spain) 2011-2014, ESRF (France) 2008-2010; SLS (Switzerland) 2001-2011.

3. Member of International Advisory Board (IAB) of the Faculty for Technical Chemistry - TU Wien 2023-2026.

4. Member of International advisory board of Cluster of Excellence CUI: Advanced Imaging of Matter - University Hamburg 2023-2025.

5. Chair ALS Microscopy Cross-Cutting Review – April 2011.

8. Scientific Reviewer of APS Upgrade Programme - March 2011.

7. Beamline Advisory Board at NSLS-2 (BNL-USA) 2013-2015.

8. Member Review Committee for Leading Edge Fund at CLS – 2012.

9. Member Review committee for scientific instrumentation Petra IV - 2021.

10. Member International Steering Committee EAgLE (European Action towards leading center for innovative materials in Warsaw) REGPOT FP7 – 2011-2015.

11. Italian Representative of VAMAS (Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards).

12. Reviewer of research projects and fellowships for for European Community (ERC), French National Agency for Research, Swedish Research Council, MIUR (PRIN), Russian Science Foundation, Hungarian Scientific Research Funds, National Science Foundation (USA).

13. Co-editor of a Series on Synchrotron Techniques and Applications (World Scientific Publishing Co).

14. Member of the international advisory board of Journal of Surface Science and NanoTechnology (e-JSSNT) and of Journal of Physics.

15.Organization International Scientific Events: (selected):

  • Co-Director of the ICTP School on Synchrotron and FEL Based Methods and their Multi-Disciplinary Applications 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020 Trieste (Italy).
  • Governor of ESF Exploratory Workshop on IR Microscopy and spectroscopy with Advanced Light Sources, October 2004, Trieste (Italy).
  • Chair of Symposium New opportunities and challenges in material research using synchrotron and free electron laser sources E-MRS September 2007, Warsaw;
  • Co-Chair of Sixth International Workshop LEEM-PEEM, 2008, Trieste;
  • Co-Chair of AVS Topic Session ‘Novel Trends in Synchrotron and FEL-Based Analysis (2014-2019) and many other.
  • Champion at AVS’61 Conference In Baltimore, November 2014 for Focus Topic Session “Novel Trends in Synchrotron and FEL-Based Analysis (SA) and Co-Chair of this session at AVS’63-2016, AVS’64-2017 and AVS’65-2018 and AVS66-2019.
  • Co-Chair of the international program committees of International Conferences VUV’13, July 2001, Trieste (Italy).

16. Member of the international program, steering and award committees (selected):

  • ICSOS International Steering Committee.
  • VUVX International Scientific Committee till 2017.
  • X-ray Microscopy Conference, 2002, Grenoble (France); 2005 Osaka (Japan); Zurich (Switzerland); 2010 Chicago (USA); 2012 Shanghai (China), 2014 Melbourne.
  • SRI - 2003, S. Francisco (USA); 2006, Korea (also Chair of session “Micro/Nanoscopy”.
  • X-ray Biophotonics, 2007, Melbourne (Australia).
  • European Conference on Surface Science ECOSS-26 in Parma (Italy)2009 Nd ECOSS-33 in Szeget (Hungary)2017
  • International Conference on Electronic Spectroscopy and Structure, 2009, Nara (Japan).
  • International Conference on Atomically Controlled Surfaces, Interfaces and Nanostructures (ACSIN), 2011 Sankt Petersburg (Russia); 2013 Tsukuba (Japan).
  • 11th and 12th International Conferences on Electronic Spectroscopy and Structure (ICESS-12) 2012, Paris (France).
  • 16th International Conference on Solid Films and Surfaces, 2012, Genoa (Italy).
  • International Conference Laser Optics (ICLO), 2018, 2020, Sankt Petersburg, Russia.

last update March 07, 2023, at 02:43 PM by Maya Kiskinova