Short Course: X-ray Spectroscopy for Materials Characterization


April 21, 2020

About the Course

This one-day course is composed of three modules to provide theoretical background and operational demonstrations for numerous x-ray analytical techniques for various materials such as composites, metals, polymers, and biomolecules. REGISTER NOW!

Course Highlights

  • Module 1: X-ray Micro CT Scanning (Dr. Sina Shahbazmohamadi)
  • Module 2: X-ray Fluorescence and X-ray Diffraction (Dr. Daniela Morales)
  • Module 3: Small- and Wide-angle X-ray Scattering (Dr. Mu-Ping Nieh)

Who should attend?

The course will cover the capabilities of the techniques, the types of samples that can be analyzed, and the quality and accuracy of results for participants with expert, little, or no theoretical or practical knowledge. Attendees will leave with a good understanding of x-ray analytical techniques and their applicability for various materials systems.

About Your Instructors

Sina ShahbazmohamadiDr. Sina Shahbazmohamadi, Director, REFINE Laboratory

Dr. Shahbazmohamadi is the Director of the REFINE lab (previously Center for Hardware Assurance Security and Engineering Lab (CHASE LAB). He is interested in the main theme of multi- dimensional multi-scale security and assurance. He uses advanced 3D imaging and image processing and machine learning algorithms to tackle problems in automated inspection, failure analysis and non-destructive evaluation of micro/nano engineering systems.

He received his PhD from UConn in Mechanical Engineering and did his postdoctoral research in Center for Hardware Assurance Security and Engineering (CHASE). He returned to UCONN as an assistant professor in Biomedical Engineering Department and Director of CHASE lab after two years of serving as an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering at Manhattan College.


Dr. Daniela Morales

Dr. Daniela Morales, Laboratory Manager, X-ray Diffraction Laboratory

Dr. Morales received her Ph.D. in materials science from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute, located in Cinvestav, Querétaro, Mexico; a program in collaboration with The University of Texas at Dallas.

As a postdoctoral associate at CRISP, some of her projects focused on the synthesis of dielectric materials and the study of epitaxial and polycrystalline thin films, mainly using high-resolution X-ray diffraction and powder diffraction. Those projects included the study of atomically smooth BaSnO3 surfaces as a novel single crystal substrate for epitaxial films growth and X-ray reflectivity on a biofilm protein on mica substrate. She also studied the high resolution X-ray diffraction of several heterostructures, oxides, proteins, polycrystalline films and powders, as well as the epitaxial growth of SrTiO3 thin films on Silicon (001) via the sol-gel method.


Professer NiehDr. Mu-Ping Nieh, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering (Polymer Program)

Dr. Nieh is the principle investigator of the Self-Assembled Functional Nanomaterials Laboratory. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Prof. Nieh has received two National Science Foundation (NSF) awards and several grants from UCONN to (1) study single-step manufacturing nanodiscs for targeting delivery and (2) develop the small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) capabilities at UCONN. He serves as a committee member for reviewing grant and beamtime proposals submitted to the Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NCNR and Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is a member of the American Physical Society (APS), the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) and the Neutron Scattering Society of America

Course Location and Schedule

The course will be held

on April 21, 2020
from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: GS117

on the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut. Parking is available across the street in North Parking Garage. We will provide validation for parking.
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Registration for the one-day course is $250 for IMS Industrial Affiliates Program member company registrants and $350 for non-member registrants. We can accept payment by credit card, check, ACH transfer.  All payment methods require an invoice which will be provided upon receipt of your registration. The registration fee includes workshop attendance, a set of course notes, lunch and coffee breaks, and parking in North Garage. REGISTER NOW!

Please let us know in advance if you require special services and/or arrangements.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

The registration fee, less $50.00, will be refundable if we are notified of cancellation prior to the close of the registration period. Participants who cancel after the close of the registration period, or do not attend and fail to cancel, are subject to the full fee. Participant substitutions may be made.

The Institute of Materials Science reserves the right to change instructors and cancel or reschedule the course in the event of insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances.

Further Information

Questions regarding the course should be directed to Rhonda Ward at 860.486.5874 (voice), 860.486.4745 (fax) or