An Introduction to Synchrotron Radiation: Techniques and Applications

5th April 2019

The updated guide to the fundamental concepts, techniques and applications of synchrotron radiation and its applications in this rapidly developing field


Synchrotron light is recognized as an invaluable research tool by a broad spectrum of scientists, ranging from physicists to biologists and archaeologists. The comprehensively revised second edition of An Introduction to Synchrotron Radiation offers a guide to the basic concepts of the generation and manipulation of synchrotron light, its interaction with matter and the application of synchrotron light in x-ray scattering, spectroscopy, and imaging.


The author, a noted expert in the field, reviews the fundamentals of important experimental methods, and explores the most recent technological advances in both the latest generation of x-ray sources and x-ray instrumentation. Designed to be an accessible resource, the book contains full-colour illustrations of the underlying physics and experimental applications, as well as the most commonly-used synchrotron techniques. In particular, the updated second edition now includes:


  • In-depth descriptions of the latest x-ray-source technologies, notably diffraction-limited storage rings and x-ray free-electron lasers
  • The latest advances in instrumentation, x-ray optics, and experimental methods in synchrotron radiation
  • The most recent developments in macromolecular crystallography, time-resolved studies, and imaging techniques
  • A comprehensive set of problems for each chapter, plus their ideal solutions in the appendices.


Written for undergraduate and postgraduate students from all areas of the natural and physical sciences, An Introduction to Synchrotron Radiation, Second Edition is an invaluable up-to-date reference source in this highly multidisciplinary field.





About the Author: Philip Willmott is the Project Leader of the upgrade to DLSR status of the Swiss Light Source at the Paul Scherrer Institute. He has taught elective courses in surface science and laser physics, and presently regularly offers introductory courses in synchrotron science and techniques, including, most recently, an online Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) based on the contents of this text. He is a titular professor in the Physics Institute of Zurich University and a physicist with over 25 years' experience in diverse aspects of experimental physics and materials science.


Interview of Dr. Fabia Gozzo on the Ticino's Swiss television RSI

22nd February 2019

An interesting reportage broadcast on Ticino's Swiss television on the developments of the five Swiss scientific Parks (Lausanne, Bienne, Basel, Aarau and Zurich) united in a consortium under the Switzerland Innovation Foundation and plans of Ticino to join. Created in 2016, the mission of Switzerland Innovation is to join forces around the common goals of strengthening the connections between academia and industry. PARK INNOVAARE is referred as a successful example of an organization fostering young high-technological spin-off companies and helping them growing up. Interview to Excelsus Structural Solutions.

Dr. Fabia Gozzo, Excelsus' CEO at the 9th HECRA meeting

8th October 2018

Dr. Fabia Gozzo, CEO of Excelsus Structural Solutions (ESS), has given a keynote lecture at the 9th Hellenic Crystallographic Association meeting (HECRA) on October 7th, 2018 at the University of Patras in Greece. In her talk 'Harnessing the synchrotron radiation technology to meet the needs of the Pharma industry', she described the challenges faced as well as the solutions brought by ESS team to make accessible advanced Synchrotron X-Ray Powder Diffraction analysis to Pharmaceutical Companies in order to solve issues related to the drug development cycle.

Joint meeting: PPXRD-16 and SPS-XRPD-2

5th October 2018

Excelsus Structural Solutions has the pleasure to announce that the next edition of the SPS-XRPD workshop will be held together with the PPXRD-16 symposium in May 2019 in Switzerland!

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Dr. Pamela Whitfield was awarded the well-deserved ICDD Fellow award at the 2018 ICDD Spring Meetings.
26th March 2018

Congratulations to Pamela Whitfield who was awarded the ICDD (International Centre for Diffraction Data) Fellow award at the 2018 ICDD Spring Meetings. The designation of Fellow is awarded by the ICDD Board of Directors to individuals who have given their time and talents beyond that normally associated with membership.


Nominations are solicited from the ICDD membership. Candidates must have served a minimum term of two years in one of the following positions: Board Director, Technical Regional Co-chair, Committee Chair, Technical Subcommittee Chair, or leader in a noteworthy ICDD activity. The Awards Committee reviews the nominations and recommends Fellow candidates to the ICDD Board of Directors.


The Fellow Award is presented at the ICDD Annual Meeting of Members in March of each year or a suitable meeting. The award consists of a commemorative plaque, and the recipient's travel expenses to the meeting, in accordance with ICDD's Travel Policy.

9th International HeCrA Conference
22nd March 2018

The 9th International Conference of the Hellenic Crystallographic Association (HECRA) will take place in October 5-7, 2018 at the Conference and Cultural Center of the University of Patras in Greece. The conference is co-organized by HECRA, the University of Patras and the Foundation for Research and Technology. The aim of this meeting is to promote and support research and education in the fields of crystallography and structure in Greece. The forthcoming conference will include plenaries and microsymposia dedicated to recent advances in CryoEM, XFELs, synchrotrons, spectroscopic methods and other related techniques for the study of materials, inorganics, small organics and biomacromolecules, emphasizing the progress of structural sciences in recent years. At this occasion, the CEO, Dr. Fabia Gozzo will be part of the Scientific Committee.

All news will be available from the conference site: 



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Excelsus Structural Solutions AG is now visible on
23rd February 2018

Excelsus Structural Solutions AG is now visible on which provides a searchable overview on ETH Domain spin-offs. 



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Our new article is available on the PharmTech website
5th February 2018

Our new article 'The Power of Synchrotron X-Ray Powder Diffraction for the Characterization of Pharmaceuticals' is now available on the PharmTech website !


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ESS is pleased to announce the collaboration with Improved Pharma LLC
5th February 2018

Excelsus Structural Solutions is proud to announce a collaboration with Improved Pharma LLC (co-founded by Stephen Byrn, Professor at Purdue University, USA) to provide services related to synchrotron X-ray diffraction for both amorphous and crystalline materials. The combination of Prof. Byrn's expertise in structural characterization of amorphous pharmaceuticals via total scattering, spectroscopic and thermal techniques, with recent advances by ESS in method development during the Eurostars R&D Amorph_Pharma project, is expected to generate unprecedented synergy in the field of structural characterization of amorphous pharmaceuticals.


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Women in R&D and Innovation @ the IBM Research THINKLab - Zurich
26th November 2017

On November 27th at the prestigious IBM Labs in Ruschlikon near Zurich, an interesting event is organized by Dr Karin Vey (Executive Innovation Consultant at IBM Research) on the topic "Women and Innovation".


After a keynote presentation by Dr Cladia Pletscher, Head of Development Programs and Innovation Group at Swiss Post, a panel discussion on Women in R&D and Innovation takes place.


Panel discussion participants:

Dr Claudia Pletscher, keynote speaker

Dr. Fabia Gozzo, CEO of Excelsus Structural Solutions

Dr. Tanja Zimmermann, Department Head of Functional Materials, EMPA

Dr. Eleni Pratsini, Director Cognitive IoT Solutions, IBM Research.


Moderator: Dr Karin Vey


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