Summer School “Advanced methods for the characterization of applied materials”

at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr
September 25 – 27, 2023

The Summer School is intended for graduate students, PhD students, and young scientists in geosciences, crystallography, solid-state research (chemistry, physics), and materials science. In the workshop, the fundamentals of a variety of advanced characterization techniques as well as their application area will be introduced. The scope of characterization techniques ranges from the exploration on the local scale over the surface to bulk analysis and will include spectroscopic, scattering as well as imaging techniques.

The participants are encouraged to present their work as posters or as 5 min lightning talks. Individual problems will be discussed. The language of the school will be English.

Deadline for registration July 31, 2023


During the Summer School the following topics are addressed:

Characterization methods such as
Surface spectroscopy
Total scattering experiments
X-ray and neutron-tomography
X-ray absorption spectroscopy
Electron crystallography
Small angle scattering
Electron microscopy
Electron microprobe analysis
Vibrational spectroscopy
Solid state NMR
Advanced powder diffraction and in situ techniques

Uta Hejral (Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society)
Hendrik Jeppesen (DESY, Hamburg)
Imke Greving (Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon)
Edmund Welter (DESY, Hamburg)
Ute Kolb (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)
Wolfgang Schmidt (MPI Kohlenforschung, Mülheim)
Thorsten M. Gesing (University Bremen)
Mohammad Mangir Murshed (University Bremen)
Siyuan Zhang (MPI Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf)
Andreas Kronz (Universität Göttingen)
Eric Breynaert (University Leuven)
Claudia Weidenthaler (MPI Kohlenforschung, Mülheim)


Summer School Fees
80 Euro for students and PostDocs
400 Euro for participants from industry

Instructions for registration on home page:

We have space for about 50 participants. Therefore, registration follows the principle “first come, first served”. Then we will send you the instructions for payment of the registration fee. Be prepared to transfer the registration fee to guarantee your registration and participation of the Summer School. Student members of DMG or DGK are eligible for travel support to the amount of Euro 50,-. Expenses for accommodation are not included. Participants are required to book their own hotel rooms.

Organized by:

Hilke Petersen and Claudia Weidenthaler
Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung