Research at Nanospectroscopy

Nanospectroscopy and its users

The SPELEEM attracts a heterogeneous group of researchers working in different scientific fields. During 2002-2018, more than 741 proposals requesting Nanospectroscopy as first or second choice were submitted to the Elettra Proposal Review Panel for evaluation. During the same time, more than 233 proposals have been approved and carried out, and their results published in peer review international scientific journals. We invite new and old users to browse through our publication list.


Research takes place in fields such as surface physics and chemistry, magnetism, materials science and nanotechnology, exploiting the high surface, chemical and electronic structure sensitivity of core level and valence band XPEEM. Our highlights section proposes applications examples which illustrate the capability of our microscope. Amongst them, you'll find studies on graphene, thin-metal films and oxides, self-organization processes and magnetic imaging.


The SPELEEM performs the most demanded x-ray spectroscopies in a laterally-resolved manner, giving access to the chemical state, electronic structure and magnetic order of  surfaces, interfaces and thin films. Along with spectroscopic imaging with resolution of few tens of nanometers, the microscope can carry out microprobe-diffraction (ARPES and LEED), and microprobe-spectroscopy (XPS), enabling a unique multi-technique approach to the study of materials. To read more on this, just click on the icon below.

In house research

The Nanospectroscopy group has a strong interest in selected topics in surface science. Past and current research spans from surface catalytic reactions to stress-driven self-organization processes, from thin film growth to magnetism, from graphene to 2-dimensional materials, not to mention cathode lens microscopy and beamline instrumentation.

Participation to conferences

The full list of our conference talks is provided at this link.



Diploma students are welcome to contact us for thesis work. Please email to arrange a visit and discuss the topics available. Thesis are generally carried out in collaboration with personnel affiliated to the University of Trieste, Dept. of Physics.

Collaborators and partners

The Nanospectroscopy group carries out collaborative research with leading scientists in Italy and worldwide.

Arizona State University - Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Prof. Ernst Bauer
Dr. Assia Pavlovska

Brookhaven National Laboratory - Dept. of Physics
Dr. Elio Vescovo

CNR-IOM, Laboratorio TASC
Dr. Cristina Africh
Prof. Alberto Morgante
Dr. Stefano Roddaro

CNRS Grenoble - Laboratoire Louis Neel
Prof. Jan Vogel
Dr. Stefania Pizzini 

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas - Instituto de Quimica-Fisica "Rocasolano", Madrid
Dr. Juan De La Figuera

Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A.
Dr. Maya Kiskinova

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Prof. Michael S. Altman

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)
Dr. Nadia Binggeli
Dr. Natasa Stojic

Universität München - Institut für Physikalische Chemie
Prof. Sebastian Günther

University of Reading - Dept. of Chemistry
Prof. Georg Held

University of Trieste - Dept. of Physics
Prof. Alessanro Baraldi
Prof. Giovanni Comelli
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:04