Starts 20 Nov 2017
Ends 2 Dec 2017
Central European Time
- Senegal
Universitè Assane Seck de Ziguinchor
Crystallography is an interdisciplinary science that finds application in technological areas of strategic importance for emerging countries, such as cement, mining, electronic and pharmaceutical research. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of advanced synchrotron light sources.
Crystallography enables to access the inner properties of matter and accurate atomic structures of molecules, materials, proteins and any kind of compound; without the knowledge of the structure, the functionality of a given material cannot be understood and therefore improved. Mining and cement companies use crystallography for quality and purity control and for research aimed at developing novel materials; the pharmaceutical industry uses crystallography to identify the correct polymorph and understanding the functionality of new medicines. Today synchrotron light sources complement laboratory X-ray equipment and allow access to unprecedented capabilities. Students will be encouraged to test their understanding on crystallography using single crystal and powder portable diffractometers, which will be installed on site for at least the duration of the school.

  • Topics:
•    X-ray and neutron diffraction physics
•    powder and single-crystal methods
•    physical properties of crystals
•    symmetry and space groups
•    structural refinement
•    crystallographic databases
•    applications to cement, mining, electronic and pharmaceutical industries
•    nano-crystallography
•    bio-crystallography
•    quasicrystals
•    synchrotron light sources

Co-sponsored by: International Union of Crystallography; International Union of Pure and Applied Physics; Lightsources for Africa, the Americas and Middle East Project; ALBA Synchrotron; IUCr-UNESCO OpenLab.


Magatte Camara (University of Assane Seck, Ziguinchor (Senegal)), Claude Lecomte (Université de Lorraine (France)), Hocine Merazig (University of Constantine (Algeria)), Joe Niemela (ICTP (Trieste, Italy)), Silvia Onesti (Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste (Italy)), Ignas Tonle (University of Dschang (Cameroon)), Michele Zema (IUCr and University of Pavia (Italy)), ICTP Scientific Contact: Sandro Scandolo