In January and August last year we organised two introductory workshops on synchrotron-based techniques and their applications for geo- and environmental sciences. These workshops resulted in several project applications and several granted projects to MAX IV.

Since the next deadline for submitting projects to MAX IV is in March 2020, we will organise a follow-up workshop to provide support for applications.


100011.00: Introduction to synchrotron-based techniques and Max IV (Mats Åström, Changxun Yu)

11.0012.00: Max IV project presentations by IGV and NG researchers who have submitted project applications, were granted beam time at Max IV or have already analysed samples at Max IV

13.0015.00: Possibility to discuss project ideas with Mats Åström and Changxun Yu

To sign up for the workshop, please send an e-mail to:



Synchrotron-based techniques have emerged as strong and effective tools within fields such as geochemistry and environmental science, and are particularly useful in terms of determination of speciation and distribution of chemical elements. When used in combination with traditional techniques, they can substantially advance the understanding of how various chemical elements are bound and distributed on fine scale in a range of materials including soils, sediments and waters.

To enhance knowledge about synchrotron-based research techniques within Earth and Environmental Sciences, the Faculty of Sciences and the Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences are currently hosting Mats Åström from Linnaeus University as a guest professor.  Mats Åström is professor in Environmental Geology and an environmental geochemist, who has throughout his research career studied chemical processes on various scales mostly in the surface environment of boreal landscapes. He applies synchrotron-based techniques in many of his studies, because they can make a breakthrough in the understanding of chemical processes and pathways when used in combination with traditional geochemical techniques.

If you would like to get directly into contact with Mats and learn more about how you could employ synchrotron-based techniques in your research, please don’t hesitate to contact him at