Synchrotron radiation

Synchrotron radiation

In the past few decades, many exciting scientific discoveries have been made using 2nd and 3rd generation synchrotron radiation (SR) or light facilities around the world. As more powerful 4th generation SR sources are on the horizon, including the planned construction of the Shenzhen Synchrotron Radiation Facility (with a dedicated HK-beamline), the applicational potential and benefits of existing and future SR facilities are well known but only exploited by a few research scientists in the Greater Bay Area.
  • 17 June — 21 June, 2024

  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University

  • HK$4,000 (Includes accommodation)

  • Apply by 29 February, 2024

What you'll study

This summer course will not only focus on the development of the 4th generation synchrotron facility but also on its applications in ACEmats and related research areas for the participants. These functionally advanced materials are receiving immense current research attention due to their potential to solve global issues such as environmental pollution and the energy crisis. It is timely to host this event as the IASF synchrotron and its beamlines are still in the early phase of construction, and it also targets the scientific exchange between experts and junior scientists across the region and the rest of the world.

The summer course will span five days. It will include an SR facility visit and hands-on training, technical presentations on SR technology related to the latest 4th generation machine and the state-of-the-art beamlines, and the latest research on ACEmats that has exploited the unique capabilities of the latest generation synchrotron. It will be concluded with in-depth discussions and tutorials on the possible uses of SR techniques. The fourth day will be a visit to the SSRF in Shanghai for a more comprehensive understanding of the actual SR operation and practical experience for the participants.

Who is the course for

PhD students and early career researchers

If you have any enquiries about the course, please contact Benedict Lo by email at

Course director

Dr Benedict Lo
Dr Benedict Lo

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, Polytechnic University of Hong Kong

Course co-director

Professor Edman Tsang
Professor Edman Tsang

Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford

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