Contact

Dr. Kristina Kvashnina
ERC Group Head at BM20-ROBL (ESRF)
Molecular Structures
k.kvashnina@hzdr.de
Phone: +33 476 88 2367

Towards the bottom of the periodic table

Kristina Kvashnina leads the project TOP (Towards the bottom of the periodic table) funded by the European Research Council (ERC) through the research program - ERC Starting Grant. The project has received 1.5 million euros and will take place over the next 5 years from 1st of January 2018.

Towards the bottom of the periodic table group

Welcome!

TOP group, funded by the European Research Council, is a part of the Rossendorf Beamline at The European Synchrotron (ESRF) in France, operated by the Institute of Resource Ecology at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) in Germany. Most of the team members are based at ESRF, Grenoble, France.

We study fundamental physical and chemical properties of the f-electron systems (actinides and lanthanides) through the revelation of the electronic structure and we investigate the applications in which these systems play an important role. Our research is strongly oriented towards the new developments in the field of advanced X-ray spectroscopy methods.

On our website, you can read the latest news, info about our research activities and group members, and view a list of our publications.

Media about us

The facinating bottom of the periodic table

Voyage au coeur du Tableau Périodique (L’Unesco a déclaré 2019 comme année internationale du Tableau Périodique)

Kristina Kvashnina | Humans of ESRF

30 years of the ESRF

ESRF to benefit from ERC grant for nanomaterials research

Ganz unten im Periodensystem

News

15.04.2019 - Lucia will talk about "Modeling XANES of U⁵⁺ and U⁶⁺ in different local coordination geometries" at 49èmes Journées des Actinides (JdA-2019) in Erice, Italy.

14.03.2019 - We organized a workshop dedicated to the nuclear waste problems in USA, Germany and Russia at the Institute of Resource Ecology, HZDR. Invited speakers: Prof. Peter Burns (University of Notre Dame, USA), Prof. Vinzenz Brendler (HZDR, Germany), Prof. Stepan Kalmykov (Moscow state University, Russia)

06.11.2018 - Lucia and Kristina talk at ATAS Workshop in Nice, France.

11.09.2018 - Evgeny gives a talk at Pu Futures Conference in San Diego, USA.

12.08.2018 - Ivan had a poster presentation at Goldschmidt Conference in Boston, USA.

16.07.2018 - Lucia and Evgeny will present thire results at XAFS 2018 conference in Krakow, Poland.

08.06.2018 - Kristina talks about actinide and lanthanide chemistry at MINATEC Les Midis (300 participates), Grenoble, France

20.03.2018 - We will present new results on plutonium oxide nanoparticles at the upcoming 48 JDA 2018 conference in Portugal, 21-24th of March 2018.

24.03.2018 - Evgeny Gerber was awarded a medal for the "best young researcher's oral presentation" at the 48 JDA in Portugal on 24th of March 2018. Evgeny presented the results of a new experiment performed at the ROBL in February this year.

People

Dr. Habil. Kristina Kvashnina

Scientific background: Physicist

Special interests: Experimental and theoretical investigations of lanthanides and actinides by XANES, HERFD, XES and RIXS techniques.

Current status: ERC Group Head

After earning a MA degree in theoretical physics at Ural State University (Ekaterinburg, Russia) and a PhD degree in experimental physics at Uppsala University (Uppsala, Sweden) Kristina moved to Grenoble France, where she conducted pioneering research on actinide systems using advanced high energy resolution X-ray spectroscopy methods.

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Dr. Ivan Pidchenko

Scientific background: Chemist

Special interests: novel materials, environmental research, minerals (especially uranium minerals)

Current status: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Ivan received his PhD in chemistry at KIT (Karlsruhe, Germany), where he applied advanced spectroscopic methods for actinide research. From January 2018, he is based in the alpha-lab at HZDR (Dresden, Germany), where he works on synthesis and characterization of different actinide-lanthanide nanoparticles and many other exotic materials.

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Dr. Lucia Amidani

Scientific background: Physicist

Special interests: the use of XAS, XES and RIXS coupled with theoretical simulations to understand the elect4ronic structure of solid state materials

Current status: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

After her MA degree in solid state physics, Lucia joined the group of X-ray and Synchrotron radiation of Bologna University for her PhD and a first post-doctoral fellowship. After this experience focused on the use of XAS and XES to semiconductor systems, she moved to Grenoble and joined the ID26 beamline at ESRF to study lanthanides based luminescent materials with high energy resolution spectroscopy. From 2018 Lucia is involved in the theoretical understanding of actinide/lanthanide nanomaterials.

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Dr. Stephen Bauters

Scientific background: Chemist

Special interests: Energy dispersive detectors, beam line control, XRF MC-quantification, XAS, SPEC

Current status: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Stephen received his PhD at Ghent University (Belgium) in a collaboration project with the ESRF CRG beam line BM26 DUBBLE, for which he constructed a polycapillary optics based confocal setup for XRF and XAS. He can often be found writing SPEC macros.

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Evgeny Gerber

Scientific background: Chemist

Special interests: Actinides and lanthanides chemistry, environmental radioactivity

Current status: PhD student

Evgeny is a PhD student from Moscow State University (Russia), working on synthesis and characterization of the actinide and lanthanide nanomaterials using laboratory and synchrotron analytical methods.

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Jurij Galanzew

Scientific background: Chemist

Current status: PhD student

Jurij is from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany). His MS study at ROBL of ESRF in 2018 was focused on understanding the electronic structure of thorium systems by different theoretical and experimental approaches. Currently Jurij is a shared PhD student at KIT and HZDR for a period of three years (2018-2021).



Irina Sinenko

Scientific background: Material Science

Current status: Trainee in 2018

Irina is from Moscow State University (Russia). Her project is dedicated to three-dimensional analysis of actinide minerals by confocal X-ray micro fluorescence imaging.



Contact

Dr. Kristina Kvashnina
ERC Group Head at BM20-ROBL (ESRF)
Molecular Structures
k.kvashnina@hzdr.de
Phone: +33 476 88 2367