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Dr. Kristina Kvashnina

ERC Group Head at BM20-ROBL (ESRF)
Molecular Structures
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). 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


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

Congratulations to Kristina for being awarded a 1.3M€ Mega-grant

Our results are published in Angewandte Chemie as a Very Important Paper (VIP) - ESRF news about it. It was reposted everywhere. Here are few examples: ; ; ;; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

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ESRF news - July 2019 Eccentricity at the bottom of the Periodic Table

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


11.03.2020 - ACS Editor's Choice - LiveSlides on the paper "Local Structure in U(IV) and U(V) Environments: The Case of U3O7" - Leinders et al, Innorganic Cehmistry 2020

17.12.2019 - TOP group got a trophy for the best paper in 2019 at IRE, HZDR (Dresden, Germany) - Kvashnina et al, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 58, 17558-177562 (2019)

03.12.2019 - EBS workshop on X-ray Emission Spectroscopy at ESRF, Grenoble, France

21.11.2019 - Kristina was awarded 1.3M€ Mega-grant for a period 2019-2021 from the Ministry of Research and Higher Education of the Russian Federation to establish lab at the Chemistry Department of Moscow State University

21.10.2019 - Kristina gave a talk about pentavalent plutonium phase at Symposium on the Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management in Vienna, Austria

07.10.2019 - Anna is at Quanty workshop in Heidelberg, Germany

20.10.2019 - Congratulations to Evgeny, who got a best poster award at Migration 2019 conference in Kyoto, Japan

15.09.2019 - Evgeny is attending Migration 2019 conference in Kyoto, Japan

09.09.2019 - Meet Lucia and Evgeny at 21st Mendeleev congress in Saint Petersburg, Russia

26.08.2019 - Kristina and Ivan presented latest results on U minerals and PuO2 NPs at Goldschmidt2019 conference in Barcelona, Spain

10.06.2019 - Evgeny showed last results on PuO2 NPs at 7th RAD 2019 in Montenegro.

28.05.2019 - Kristina and Lucia gave talks about actinide oxide nanoparticles research at EMRS Spring Meeting 2019 in Nice, France.

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.


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.

Kristina is a co-editor of IUCr's - Journal of Synchrotron Radiation and Mega-grant holder at the Chemistry Department of Moscow State University

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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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Dr. Paul Estevenon

Scientific background: Chemist

Special interests: nuclear materials, actinide chemistry (especially plutonium), hydrothermal syntheses

Current status: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Paul performed his PhD in collaboration between CEA Marcoule and ICSM on the synthesis of plutonium silicate and more generally AnSiO4 phases. Since October 2019, he is based on the Atalante facility at CEA Marcoule (France).

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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).

Past Group Members

Irina Sinenko

Status: Trainee (01/03/2018 - 01/09/2018)

Dr. Ivan Pidchenko

Status: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

(01/01/2018 - 01/09/2019) Profile on Research gate

Anna Volkova

Status: Trainee (01/07/2019 - 01/11/2019)


Dr. Kristina Kvashnina

ERC Group Head at BM20-ROBL (ESRF)
Molecular Structures
Phone: +33 476 88 2367