Small-angle X-ray scattering – analyzing size and structure of nanoparticulate systems


Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) is an analytical method used to determine the structure of nano-sized particle systems in terms of averaged particle sizes or shapes. In a SAXS experiment the scattering signal differs for particles of different sizes and therefore provides results regarding their size and size distribution. Furthermore, when all particles have the same size the scattering pattern is characteristic of their shape, i.e. SAXS can differentiate between spherical, cylindrical, and prolate/flat particles. 
The possibility to evaluate the size and shape of various particles makes SAXS an important analysis tool in the field of materials, both in academic research and industrial applications. The determination of the nanoscopic structure of particulate systems provides valuable information on their macroscopic properties. Typical materials of interest are quantum dots, catalyst systems, surfactants, colloidal solutions, and many more. 

The webinar content will be: 

  • Application of SAXS for analysis of nanoparticulate systems 
  • Selected application examples to show the potential of SAXS 

Target group: 

  • Beginners to experts in small-angle X-ray scattering 
  • Anyone interested in the characterization of nanostructured materials 
  • Anyone interested in structure determination of colloidal samples 

Date: 2021-03-24, 18:00 - 18:45 (CET UTC+01:00)
Language: English
Trainer: Dr. Franz Pirolt

Dr. Franz Pirolt obtained his PhD in Chemistry from Graz University of Technology, with a focus in soft matter materials. After his PhD studies, he joined Anton Paar in December 2018 and is currently part of the product competence team for small-angle X-ray scattering at Anton Paar GmbH.