Strategy workshops: Energy Technologies and Materials

Event Date: 2021-10-21  

In the context of the MAX IV process of developing a science-driven Strategy and Roadmap to guide our development during the period of 2023–2030, we are organizing DearasdStrategy workshops to solicit community input to finalize the full strategy in the spring of 2022.

We warmly invite you to the series of virtual half-day workshops combined under the “Energy Technologies and Materials” umbrella. The workshops will take place in September and October, and we invite everyone who is interested in contributing to corresponding section of the strategy document to participate in the workshops.

The meeting aims to collect contributions from various stakeholders, for example, representatives of Swedish universities, research institutions, international research communities, industry, as well as from MAX IV, regarding the “Energy Technologies and Materials” section of the strategy document. All contributions will be collected in an evolving attachment to the Strategy document, which will serve as basis for the next version of “Energy Technologies and Materials” section. In addition, we hope to select contributions to the forward-looking section with the same name on the 33rdMAX IV user meeting that will take place during 25-27 October 2021.

As part of this workshop, we strongly encourage members of the user community to share their input on this topic. This may be achieved by highlighting the grand challenges of importance during the next decade and scientific strategies or via the proposal of a new beamline or end station/sample delivery systems.

If you have any questions regarding the strategy process, Energy section of the strategy document or workshops, please contact 



Workshop Bioenergy Technologies

Organisers: Nils Skoglund (UmU)

WHEN: October 21, 2021 13:00 – 16:00

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13:00 – 13:15 Introduction to Max IV and X-rays in Bioenergy (Nils Skoglund)

13:15 – 13:30 Strategy and Roadmap process (Andrey or someone else from Max IV explaining the process)

13:30 – 13:40 Present status (Nils or Andrey with the early draft – highlighting that Bioenergy were lacking; no users or just afraid to use synchrotrons?)

13:40 – 14:00 Break

14:00 – 15:00 Presentations (15 minutes presentations with 5 minutes for questions, brief break after)

Jenny Rissler from RISE: X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements on heavy metals in ash particles at BALDE

Mikael Thyrel from Swedish University of Agriculture: Scanning transmission X-ray microscopy on solid fuel particles

Anna Strandberg from Umeå University: X-ray microtomography on ash particles to assess their potential for nutrient recovery

15:00 – 15:45 General discussion – suggestions below

  • How (and how much) are you using x-rays in your research?
  • How would you expect MAX IV to contribute to your research within next 1-3 (current capabilities, new sample environments, new access modes, …) and 3-10 yrs (new instruments, new methods, new beamlines)
  • Key scientific problems/questions in the area that will be relevant next 3-10 yrs
  • Scientific/technical goals that could be put for the next 3-0 yrs

15:45 – 16:00 Summary of key points from Bioenergy Technologies to the Strategy and Roadmap documents

Past Workshops


Workshop Photovoltaics and related materials

Organisers: Håkan Rensmo (UU), Ute Cappel (KTH)

WHEN: September 8, 9-12:15


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9:00  – 9:10        Martin Stankovski, Andrey Shavorskiy, MAX IV – Introduction: Strategy Roadmap process and the aim of the workshop
9:10  – 10: 20     Sam Stranks, Cambridge – Perovskite PV/LED materials and future directions

Feng Gao, Linköping University – Organic solar cells now and in the future

Natalia Martin, Uppsala University – Thin film solar cell

10.20 -10.30      Break
10:30 – 11:00

Gerrit Boschloo, Uppsala University – Dye-sensitized solar cells

Lukas Hrachowina, Lund University – Nanowire tandem solar cells

Eva Unger, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, Lund University  – Solar cell function and space

11:00 – 11:45     Round table discussion
11:45- 12:15      Summary and Conclusions



Workshop Energy Conversion: Thermal- and  Electrocatalysis

Organisers: Edvin Lundgren (LU), Sergey Koroidov (SU)

WHEN: September 10, 9-12:15



9:00  – 9:15 Martin StankovskiAndrey Shavorskiy; MAX IV; Introduction: MAX IV Strategy and Roadmap Process

9:15  – 9:45 Anders Nilsson; Stockholm University; “Thermal catalysis to reduce CO2 and N2 probed with high-pressure XPS”

9:45  – 10:15 Jakob Kibsgaard; Technical University of Denmark;  “Electrocatalysis for sustainable energy conversion”

9:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 10:45 Gary Steven Harlow; University of Copenhagen; “Model electrochemical interfaces for energy conversion”

10:45 – 11:00  Christopher Goodwin; Stockholm University;  “Above ‘ambient pressure’ in XPS” 

11:00 – 11:15 Eduardo Gracia; Umeå University; “Molybdenum-based Electrocatalysts for Hydrogen Production: Looking for the right mixture”

11:15 – 11:30 Magnus Skoglundh; Chalmers University of Technology; “Catalysis for reducing greenhouse gases”

11:30 – 12:00 Round table discussion

12:00 – 12:15 Conclusions



Workshop Energy Storage

Organisers: Aleksandar Matic (ChU)

WHEN: October, 15, 9.00 – 12.00

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9.00 – 9.10 Introduction to workshop, Aleksandar Matic (Chalmers)
9.10-9.30 Key challenges for future energy storage – a 10 year perspective on needs and possibilities, Kristina Edström (Uppsala Universitet)
9.30-9.45 Multimodal characterisation of energy storage materials and devices – role of synchrotron x-ray based techniques, William Brant (Uppsala University)
9.45-10.00 Role and challenges of synchrotron x-ray based techniques for supercapacitor applications, Alexandr Talyzin (Umeå University)
10.00-10.15 Looking into energy storage devices and materials – role and possibilities with x-ray imaging, Stephen Hall (Lund University)
10.15-10.25 Coffee break
10.25-10.40 Probing surfaces and interfaces with synchrotron x-ray tools, Maria Hahlin (Uppsala University)
10.40-10.50 Thoughts of use of large scale facilitates for challenge driven research, Aleksandar Matic (Chalmers)
10.50-11.30 Round table discussion on future possibilities and needs for energy storage research using MAIXV
11.30-11.45 Summary of workshop and draft of main input to MAXIV strategy