Plenary Speakers
  • Maria-Novella Piancastelli, Sorbonne Université, UPMC Univ. Paris 06, France and Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Thorsten Schmitt, Photon Science Division, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland
  • Kiyoshi Ueda, Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
  • Harry Westfahl-Jr., Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory, Campinas, Brazil
  • Wanli Yang, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California, United States
Maria Novella Piancastelli

Maria-Novella Piancastelli

Sorbonne Université, France and Uppsala University, Sweden

Maria Novella Piancastelli received her doctoral degree in 1976 at the University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.  She is currently an emeritus professor at Sorbonne University, Paris, France.  Previously she has held chairs at the University of Rome II, Italy, and at Uppsala University, Sweden. Her research interests include electronic and structural dynamics of isolated atoms and molecules investigated by photoelectron spectroscopy and related techniques using synchrotron radiation and free-electron laser sources.  She is an American Physical Society (APS) Fellow, Elettra Fellow, and a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Uppsala, Sweden.

Harry Westfahl-Jr

Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory, Campinas, Brazil

Harry Westfahl Jr. has been the LNLS’ Director since 2020. He also served LNLS as Scientific Director from 2013 to 2019, as deputy scientific director from 2011 to 2012 and as a researcher since 2001, when he joined the Laboratory after three years of postdoctoral research. Since 2013 he has coordinated the project and construction of the beamlines for the new Brazilian synchrotron light source, Sirius. Its main research interests are in the physics of condensed matter systems, using synchrotron radiation to study materials, mainly polymers and magnetic materials, and developing synchrotron radiation instrumentation.

Ph.D. in Physics, 1998, State University of Campinas (IFGW/Unicamp), Brazil.

B.Sc. in Physics, 1994, State University of Campinas (IFGW/Unicamp), Brazil.

Kiyoshi Ueda

Kiyoshi Ueda

Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

Kiyoshi Ueda completed his Ph.D. at Kyoto U. in 1982 and immediately became an assistant professor at Tohoku U. He was promoted to associate professor in 1990 and to a full professor in 2003 at Tohoku U. He was a visiting scientist at U. Maryland in the USA in 1985-1987, an invited scientist of Daresbury Laboratory in the UK in 1992-1993, and an invited professor of U. Paris Sud in 1996-1997. After he retired from Tohoku U. in 2020, he has been a professor emeritus and a guest fellow of Tohoku U., an adjunct distinguished professor of ShanghaiTech U., and a high-end foreign expert of East China Normal U. He was a guest professor of ETH Zurich in Switzerland in 2022. His research primarily concerns experimental atomic/molecular/cluster science, X-ray science, and attosecond science.

Wanli Yang

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California, United States

Wanli Yang is a senior staff scientist at the Advanced Light Source division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He got his Ph.D. in condensed matter physics in 2000 at the Institute of Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and then was a postdoc at Stanford University for four years. He was a staff scientist at Stanford before joining the Berkeley Lab as a scientist in 2006. His research focuses on the instrumentation and applications of soft X-ray spectroscopy, especially resonant X-ray inelastic scattering, for studying material physics for energy storage and conversion devices.

Wanli Yang
Thorsten Schmitt

Thorsten Schmitt

Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland 

Thorsten Schmitt is head of the Spectroscopy of Quantum Materials Group at the Photon Science Division of the Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland. After his PhD in Physics from Uppsala University, he moved in 2004 as a Gustafsson Postdoctoral fellow to the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden working at MAX-Lab on semiconducting materials. He moved then in 2005 as staff scientist to the Paul Scherrer Institut, where he subsequently became group leader. He operates one of the world-wide most advanced soft X-ray Resonant Inelastic X-Ray Scattering (RIXS) facilities at the ADRESS beamline of the Swiss Light Source. His scientific research focuses on investigations of correlated-electron materials with X-ray spectroscopy and scattering techniques.

Confirmed Invited Speakers
Name Institution Country Topic
Avaldi, Lorenzo CNR-Istituto di Struttura della Materia Italy
Photoelectron-photoion coincidence experiments and their application to molecules of biological and astrochemistry interest
Romano, Rosana Universidad Nacional de La Plata Argentina
Photoionization and photofragmentation studies on small molecular compounds using synchrotron radiation and coincidence techniques.
Bari, Sadia DESY synchrotron Germany Photoexcitation of gas-phase biomoleucules to probe functional structure
Marangos, Jon Imperial College London UK Ultrafast x-ray probing of electronic excitation in matter
Marinelli, Agostino LCLS FEL USA FEL attosecond
Jahnke, Till University of Frankfurt Germany Towards Molecular Movies made with Synchrotrons and X-Ray Free Electron Lasers
Frühling, Ulrike FLASH FEL Germany
Ultrafast molecular dynamics experiments at the XUV free-electron laser in Hamburg FLASH
Cryan, James LCLS FEL USA Attosecond physics
Hastenberg, Dean LNLS synchrotron Brazil
The Role of Soft X-ray Imaging and Spectroscopy in Multimodal Analysis of Biogeochemical Processes in Soils
Pereiro, Eva ALBA synchrotron Spain Soft x-ray cell tomography
Nemsak, Slavomir ALS synchrotron USA Structural and chemical X-ray probe to study complex systems under ambient conditions.
Björneholm, Olle Uppsala University Sweden X-ray induced dynamics in molecules and liquids
Bozek, John SOLEIL synchrotron France High-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy with Synchrotron Radiation
Nahon, Laurent SOLEIL synchrotron France
Photoelectron circular dichroism on chiral amino-acids based systems : from free molecules to nanoparticles
Trinter, Florian DESY synchrotron Germany Recent results from liquid-jet photoelectron spectroscopy
Cheng, Cheng-Maw NSRRC synchrotron Taiwan
Topological proximity effect in a heterostructure comprised topological insulator and 2D materials studied with angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy
de Siervo, Abner University of Campinas Brazil
Exploring the Electronic and Atomic Structure of the Surfaces of 2D-materials using Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Diffraction
Maiti, Kalobaran Tata Institute of Fundamental Research India
ARPES study of the anomalies at the Dirac point in graphene and it’s hole doped compositions
Man, Michael Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Japan Exploring the nature of excitons in 2D materials with time resolved micro-ARPES
Nakayama, Kosuke Tohoko University Japan High-spatial-resolution ARPES study of kagome superconductors
Pietzsch, Annette BESSYII synchrotron Germany
Cuts through the manifold of molecular H2O potential energy surfaces in liquid water at ambient conditions
Rubensson, Jan-Erik Uppsala University Sweden Non-linear Inelastic Soft X-ray Scattering on Atoms and Molecules
Dean, Mark P. M. Brookhaven National Laboratory USA
Electronic structure, magnetic interactions, and charge order in low valence nickelates probed by RIXS
Duda, Laurant Uppsala Sweden Opportunities for sodium ion battery research in high-resolution RIXS
Guo, Jinghua ALS synchrotron USA RIXS in materials
Schlappa, Justine European XFEL Germany
First results on high-resolution time-resolved resonant inelastic x-ray scattering – the Heisenberg RIXS spectrometer at SCS
Schoenlein, Robert LCLS FEL USA LCLS Recent Highlights and Science Opportunities for LCLS-II
Hans Jakob Wörner ETH Zurich Switzerland Attosecond physics
Taleb, Amina SOLEIL synchrotron France Synchrotron SOLEIL and applications in Quantum Materials
Alexander Moewes USAK Canada XAS and RIXS and theory of metal oxides
Coutinho, Kaline University of São Paulo Brazil
Theoretical Modeling of X-ray Photoelectronic Spectroscopy using Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics Methods
Schuurman, Michael University of Ottawa Canada The Ab Initio Simulation of Time-Resolved X-ray Spectroscopies
Patanen, Minna University of Oulu Finland Unsupported nanoparticles under X-ray analysis
Bragila, Lucca CNR Italy A sight in the Metal-organic frameworks characterization with ambient pressure soft XAS