SAXS Course "DAX to MAX your SAXS data"

FPIRC in cooperation with Treesearch

3 – 4.5 ECTS


Time: autumn 2018

Location: Max Lab, Lund university

Language: The course is held in English

Credits: 3 ECTS + an additional 1.5 ECTS fulfil the home-work.

Registration: online registration will open during the autumn on this page



Treesearch has as one of their visions to make advanced research infrastructure available for research in academia and industry. One of the Portals will be the Formax beamline at Max IV. To facilitate the use of beam experiments in wood and cellulose research FPIRC and Treesearch will arrange a common course for Swedish Ph.D. students and industry representatives with the goals:

  • The students should be able to set up and perform a research project wherein some of the results are based upon SAXS/WAXS/SANS measurements
  • The participants should be able to interpret SAXs raw data files in a good way and be aware on pitfalls when interpreting SAXS data
  • The participants should have a clear picture of the infra-structure in Europe and how to get access to it in a time wise way
  • The participants should be aware of the research landscape and see research opportunities in lignocellulosic materials and SAXS/WAXS
  • The participants should have an insight in other ongoing Treesearch projects


The course will consist of lectures, group work on analysis and interpretation of raw-data from SAXs measurements and discussions.

There will be no official course book, the course material will be research articles, reviews and lecture notes.



Before the course starts, the students will get access to a number of relevant publications and at least one webinar.

The students shall make a presentation, 10 minutes, of their research field and some plausible ways to use SAXS in their research.


Tentative Programme

Day 1, 12:00-17:00, dinner 18:30

12:00 lunch (informal welcome to course)

13:00 Lecture 1: Treesearch, what it is and what is expected from Treesearch Students and  supervisors

13:45 Students 1: Students presents their project proposals (6 min 3-4 slides/person)

15:30 Lecture 2a: Introduction to SAXS

16:00 Lecture 2b How to interpret SAXS data and some Rookie mistakes and pitfalls when interpreting raw data

16:30-18:00 Group work: Students work on their own data in small groups, have access to a  “teacher”

20:00-21:30 Group work


Day 2, 09:00-17:00, dinner 18:30

08:30 Lecture 3a: Infrastructure in Europe and how to access and time-wisely plan for access. (synchrotron, neutron)

09:15 Lecture 3b Infrastructure NMR or Microscopy

10:00-11:00 Students 2: Students present their preliminary results and how the prel. results align med published results/data. (10 minutes, 5-6 slides/group)
11:00-12:00 Lecture 4a:  Invited professor 1 gives talk on their research

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:00 Lecture 4b:  Invited professor 2 gives talk on their research

14:15-15:15 Tour

15:30-17.00 Group work: work on their own data in small groups, PART II

20:00-22 Group work


Day 3, 09:00-15:30

08:30 Lecture 5: How to work/set up exp./interpret data. Avoiding Rookie mistakes and pitfalls, Quality by design/planning. “creating a Treesearch quality”

10:30-12:00 Group work: sum up work on own data and write a research proposal

13:00-15:00 Present project and proposal, short feedback from evaluator

Closing up approx 15:30, free walk to station/transport



Students continue on their project proposals and summit two Evaluator

Students do hands-on experiment on SAXS instrument at Chalmers or Innventia.
Skype meet where groups present their SAXS experiments and show raw data



The fee for the Swedish participants from universities is reduced to SEK 1,500:- (an invoice will be sent to the university after the conference) per person, thanks to Gunnar Sundblads forskningsfond. The fee includes all, but the travel to and from Lund), which has to be arranged individually.


More information

Further Questions are answerd by Gunnar Westman,