LSXS 2016

School for Liquid Surface X-Ray Scattering (LSXS) 2016

Course Description


For accepted participants, registration includes box lunches and continental breakfast/coffee breaks each day.


This school will offer a combination of interactive lectures and student activities emphasizing the analysis of synchrotron x-ray scattering data from liquid surfaces and interfaces.  Discussion of the theory underlying the data analysis and demonstrations of experimental methodology will be included.  These methods are applicable to a wide range of scientific areas, including the study of:

  • Monolayers of phospholipids, protein-lipid mixtures, functional molecules, nanoparticles, polymeric and biological macromolecules at liquid-vapor or liquid-liquid interfaces
  • Surfaces of complex fluids composed of materials such as polymers, lipids, and liquid crystals
  • Surface dynamics


The school will be organized and run by ChemMatCARS (Binhua Lin, Wei Bu, and Mark Schlossman) in collaboration with APS scientific staff at 9-ID (Ivan Kuzmenko), and 8-ID (Zhang Jiang and Joe Strzalka).  Lodging for registrants selected for the course will be arranged and paid for by the organizers for the nights of Wed. May 11 and Thur. May 12 (at the Argonne Guest House).

Registration deadline March 15, 2016

Student Comments from 2007 LSXS School

“Great lectures (and lecturers). Helpful staff and great experiements.”

“I liked the experimental part because that is one [thing] we cannot learn in conference meetings. Everyone was very supportive and helpful.”

“I learned a lot about other fields of research that use the same techniques, which can give me ideas on how to modify my research. Provided good, general knowledge of possible applications.”
“The material…gave me new ideas and ways to understand certain physical relationships. It was also very inspiring.”

“[We will] rethink all the analysis approaches we use.”

“All of it was useful…I’ll have a better idea of what to expect in reflectivity scans.”

“It will definitely make my research experience easier.”


Wei Bu, ChemMatCARS (15-ID)                      
Ivan Kuzmenko, APS (9-ID)                                                             Zhang Jiang, APS (8-ID)
Binhua Lin, ChemMatCARS (15-ID), The University of Chicago 
Mati Meron, ChemMatCARS (15-ID)
Mark Schlossman, Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Chicago 
Joe Strzalka, APS (8-ID)

Liquid Surface Scattering Instruments

Organizing Committee

Wei Bu, ChemMatCARS (630.252.0470)                                                       Binhua Lin, ChemMatCARS, The University of Chicago (630.252.0463)          
Mark Schlossman, University of Illinois at Chicago (312.996.8787)               

Administrative Contact

Constance Vanni, APS User Office (630.252.0909)

User Coordinator

Kimberly Simms, ChemMatCARS (630.252.0476)


Sponsored by ChemMatCARS (Beamline 15-ID) with assistance from the Advanced Photon Source (Beamlines 8-ID and 9-ID and the User Office).

ChemMatCARS Sector 15 is principally supported by the National Science Foundation/Department of Energy under grant number NSF/CHE-1346572. Use of the Advanced Photon Source is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.