Industry Workshop


We would like to invite you to the Industry Workshop at the SOLARIS National Synchrotron Radiation Centre, taking place between 14th and 15th June 2023. The workshop will be a unique opportunity to gain knowledge about industrial applications of synchrotron radiation, meet like – minded professionals, learn from actual industrial users of various synchrotron radiation facilities in Europe and get to know industry – savy scientists, ready to assist with any R&D problems that a company can encounter.

The workshop will be divided into two parts. The first part, on June 14th, will focus on the chemical and materials sectors, while the second part on on June 15th, will be devoted to the biotechnology and agricultural sectors.

Registration is now open for participants! Industry representatives, interested in how to perform R&D activities at large research infrastructures and how to cooperate with scientists, are especially encouraged for registration, using the form available at: Participation in the workshop is free of charge. Registration deadline is June 11th, 23:59!

Below you can find the preliminary agenda of the event, the profiles of our key speakers and other organizational information.

Preliminary agenda


Wednesday, June 14th:

9.00 – 9.10 Welcome

9.10 – 9.30 What is synchrotron radiation and introduction to the workshop (Piotr Ciochoń)

9.30 – 10.00 Synchrotron based hard x-ray spectroscopies: basics and industrial applications (Laura Simonelli)

10.00 – 10.30 Element specific tomography: basics and industrial applications (Tobias Arlt)

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 – 11.30 IR spectroscopy with SR: basics and industrial applications (Ibraheem Yousef)

11.30 – 12.15 Rubber research as an example for industrial research (Josef Hormes)

12.15 – 13.15 Lunch break

13.15 – 13.45 On the Symbiosis of Industry and Academia (Harry Zumaque)

13.45 – 14.15 Shedding light on Cu-CHA DeNOx catalysts by X-ray spectroscopy: from fundamental material understanding to SO2-poisoning (Elisa Borefecchia)

14.15 – 14.45 Copper-Catalyzed Electroreduction of CO2 to Ethylene. A Mechanistic Study (Konrad Szaciłowski)

14.45 – 15.15 Henkel research by means of synchrotron radiation sources (Kang Wei Chou)

15.15 – 15.45 Coffee break with Poster Session

15.45 – 19.00 Tour of the facility, visit at the beamlines with Q&A, B2B meetings with beamline scientists, poster session


Thursday, June 15th:

9.00 – 9.10 Welcome

9.10 – 9.30 What is synchrotron radiation and introduction to the workshop (Piotr Ciochoń)

9.30 – 10.00 XANES spectroscopy and its application in agricultural and food systems (Alexander Prange, Josef Hormes)

10.00 – 10.30 Applied research with EXAFS/XANES at ASTRA beamline (Alexey Maximenko)

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 – 11.30 IR spectroscopy with SR: basics and agricultural applications (Ibraheem Yousef)

11.30 – 12.15 Applications of advanced synchrotron imaging techniques for Agri-Food research (Chithra Karunakaran)

12.15 – 13.15 Lunch break

13.15 – 13.45 Shining Light on Food (Clare Pizzey)

13.45 – 14.15 Agriculture research at Hochschule Niederrhein (Alexander Prange)

14.15 – 14.45 Agricultural sustainable intensification: Synchrotron techniques as innovative analytical tools (Anna Gorczyca)

14.45 – 15.15 Functional foods and traceability (Manuel Valiente)

15.15 – 15.45 Coffee break with Poster Session

15.45 – 19.00 Tour of the facility, visit at the beamlines with Q&A, B2B meetings with beamline scientists, poster session

Our speakers

Alexander Prange, PhD Microbiology, PhD Agricultural Sciences, Habilitation Microbiology, since 2005 Professor for Microbiology and Food Hygiene at Hochschule Niederrhein, active SR-user since 1998

Harry Zumaque, PhD in Physics from University of Bonn, working in Chemical industry since 1999. Different roles at Bayer, Honeywell, Momentive, Lanxess. Currently working in Corporate Development as head of Strategic Development for industrial markets

Dr. Kang Wei Chou is a research scientist at Henkel with 10 years of experience in adhesive technologies and an expert user at synchrotron radiation facilities.

An agricultural engineer by training, Dr. Chithra Karunakaran is one of the science managers at the Canadian Light Source (CLS), and leads the CLS plant imaging and innovation research program, promoting the innovative use of synchrotron techniques for agricultural and food sciences research. She has been recognized for excellence and contributions in agriculture research through several awards. She was a nominee for the 2014 YWCA Saskatoon Women of Distinction Award in Science, Technology and Research. Dr. Karunakaran completed her Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Tamilnadu Agricultural University in India, and her Masters and Ph.D in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Manitoba, Canada. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at the University of Saskatchewan and at the University of Manitoba.

Dr Claire Pizzey is Deputy Head of Industrial Liaison at Diamond, taking specific responsibility for X-ray scattering experiments with or on behalf of industrial partners. She works closely with the other members of Industrial Liaison team to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to solving real-world problems. Her work with clients often focuses on microstructure and self-assembly in solutions, gels and soft solids, typically addressing formulation issues of relevance to the food, pharma and consumer products sectors.

Dr. Tobias Arlt studied physics at the TU Berlin with a focus on solid state physics. He completed his PhD at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin between 2009-2012 in the field of fuel cell research. Afterwards, Dr. Arlt worked on various projects about imaging of energy materials research and cultural heritage by using Synchrotron X-ray, neutrons, and SEM imaging methods. This work gave him extensive insights into the world of large-scale facilities. He is currently analyzing next gen battery types on multiple length scales at the TU Berlin.

Laura Simonelli works since 2004 on the investigation of functional materials, with particular focus on the interplay in between the lattice and electronic properties and their correlations with the functional ones. She mainly focused on the study of battery, high Tc superconductors, and environments or health correlated materials. She got the PhD in Material Science in 2007 and she is a group leader (from 4 to 6 members) and responsible of the CLAESS beamline at ALBA synchrotron since 2013. In 19 years of research, she produced 124 publications in international journals reaching a final H-index higher than 25.

Konrad Szaciłowski graduated from the Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University (Kraków, Poland) in 1995 (M.Sc.) and 2000 (Ph.D.). After habilitation (2008) he has moved from Jagiellonian University to AGH University of Science and Technology. Now he is a group leader at the Academic Center of Materials and Nanotechnology. His initial interest in photochemistry and spectroscopy of coordination compounds has gradually evolved towards molecular and nanoscale logic devices and finally towards unconventional computing. At the moment his main research interests encompass the design of inorganic materials for memristive applications, mimicking of neutral and synaptic processes in inanimate systems, and relations of musical harmony with other fields of science. Following an old Latin sentence “Repetitio est mater studiorum” he focuses on single node echo state machines with delayed feedback and reservoir computing systems. He is an author of the book “Infochemistry: Information processing at nanoscale” (Wiley 2012) and numerous papers in fields of coordination chemistry, material science, spectroscopy, catalysis, and electrochemistry. In his free time he enjoys classical music, philately and single malts from Islay and Speyside.

Anna Gorczyca works at the Department of Microbiology and Biomonitoring, UAK. She is collaborating in several research projects as toxicological aspect of nanotechnology; management of waste from PHA production and agro-food waste for energy production; phytotoxicity of bioproducts and remediation of Martian regoliths symulants. She special collaborates with the Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences, the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn and the Franciszek Górski Institute of Plant Physiology Polish Academy of Sciences. She is also involved in the implementation of bioeconomy in agricultural studies teaching in Europe.