X-ray Interaction with Biomolecules in Gas Phase (XiBiGP) Workshop

The workshop on X-ray Interaction with Biomolecules in Gas Phase – XiBiGP will be organized in the frame of the 28th Summer School and International Symposium on the Physics of Ionized Gases (SPIG). The XiBiGP workshop is principally related (but not exclusively) to the Section 1 of the SPIG topics.

There has been a large interest in recent years to study biological systems (small biomolecules, amino acids, peptides, proteins etc.) by using synchrotron-based spectroscopic techniques, such as near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure or related X-ray photoelectron and X-ray emission spectroscopies. Particularly, gas-phase spectroscopy gives the opportunity to investigate isolated targets, under well-defined conditions. However, there has been always a challenge both to bring a large biomolecule intact into the gas phase and to obtain a high-enough sensitivity for a fine structure (and even coincidence) spectroscopy of desired species in a diluted environment. Additionally, it is even more challenging to investigate e.g. solvation effects under well-defined conditions.

The aim of the XiBiGP workshop is to present the most recent cutting-edge techniques used to investigate X-ray interaction with biomolecules in gas phase. The workshop is dominantly dedicated to young scientists, but also to all SPIG participants who might find interesting possibilities and topics regarding the multidisciplinary studies and developments of new experimental techniques. Finally, the aim of the workshop is to initiate a discussion between experts in the field on X-ray spectroscopy that could lead to further improvement of the techniques and important results.


Dr. Paola Bolognesi
(CNR-Istituto di Struttura della Materia, Roma, Italy)
email: paola.bolognesi@cnr.it

Dr. Aleksandar Milosavljević
(SOLEIL, France & Institute of Physics Belgrade, University of Belgrade, Serbia)
email: vraz@ipb.ac.rs


RoentDek, Handels GmbH

Program of the workshop can be found here.


Sadia Bari (DESY, Hamburg, Germany):
“Structure and dynamics of gas-phase biomolecules”

Mattea Castrovilli (CNR-IFN, Milano, Italy):
"XUV Induced Ultrafast Dynamics in Biological Molecules"

Sergio Diaz-Tendero (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain):
"Unusual fragmentation mechanisms in ionized biomolecules in the gas phase"

Ronnie Hoekstra (University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands):
"Large Molecules Break-Dancing in the Spot Light"

Kuno Kooser (University of Turku, Turku, Finland):
"Size selective spectroscopy of molecular clusters"

Robert Seidel (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, Berlin, Germany):
"Electronic structure of small biologically relevant molecules in aqueous solutions studied by photoelectron spectroscopy"

Alberto De Fanis (European XFEL, Hamburg, Germany):
"The NQS station (Nano-size Quantum System), as part of the SQS instrument (Small Quantum System) at the SASE3 branch of the European XFEL"

Fabian Holzmeier, (Synchrotron SOLEIL, France):
"Auger Spectroscopy of HNCO Reveals Dissociative Photoionization Dynamics in Thymine"

Sanja Tosic, (Institute of Physics Belgrade, Serbia):
"Fragmentation of halothane molecule by synchrotron radiation"


June 30 2016
Invited Lectures and Progress Reports will be sumitted in the topical issue of EPJ D

June 14 2016
Paper submisson extended to 1.7.

June 1st 2016
Early registration extended to 1.7.

Apr 11 2016
Second Announcement

Nov 25 2015
First Announcement