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University of Nova Gorica
Univerza v Novi GoriciThe University of Nova Gorica (UNG) is a private research university. The UNG’s activities encompass higher education at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, supplementary education, researcher training, education in specific professional fields and scientific research and expert activities. Research and expert work is done in the laboratories, centres and institutes. The faculties are open units whose educational area consists of researchers and experts employed in various research units and external institutions.

The first and second level study programmes are organised at five faculties and two schools: the School of Environmental Sciences, the School of Applied Sciences, the School of Humanities, the School of Engineering and Management, the School of Arts, the Graduate School and the School for Viticulture and Enology. The Graduate School is a special feature in the organisation of study programmes as combines and carries out all the postgraduate doctoral study programmes (third level) of the University of Nova Gorica, regardless of their field: from natural sciences and engineering to humanities and interdisciplinary sciences.

The UNG performs its research activity within five laboratories, three research centres and one institute (the Laboratory for Environmental Research, the Laboratory for Astroparticle Physics, the Laboratory of Organic Matter Physics, the Materials research laboratory, the Laboratory for Multiphase Processes, the Wine Research Centre, the Centre for Atmospheric Research, the Centre for Systems and Information Technologies and the Institute for Cultural Studies).

Prof. Iztok Arčon, PhD, is employed at the UNG as a researcher and educator in undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes. He has been serving as the Dean of the Graduate School in the recent period.

Prof. Arčon is an expert in x-ray absorption spectroscopy with synchrotron radiation. In his research, he employs the EXAFS and XANES methods, which are extremely important for determining the atomic or molecular structure of new materials for Li-ion batteries. In CoE, we will use the above-mentioned x-ray absorption spectroscopic methods to obtain direct insight into the atomic or molecular structure of materials and to accurately determine the valence state of metal cations in the structure. The two methods are particularly effective for in-situ monitoring of structural changes and changes in the valence state of metal cations during the charging and discharging of a Li-ion battery, i.e. in the Li exchange process (ref 1-3). In this way, we can obtain a direct insight into the electrochemical processes in a variety of new cathode materials at the atomic level. Moreover, this will give us information vital to understating the optimum functioning of cathode material. Additionally, x-ray absorption spectroscopy can be used to obtain essential structural information even during material synthesis and can thereby control and optimise the synthetic procedures to achieve the optimum end product.

Our measurements will utilise transmission and fluorescent detection techniques in ultra-bright synchrotron X-ray light sources, or on the beamlines that ensure the optimum conditions for the successful completion of the envisaged experiments, such as the XAFS beamline of the ELETTRA synchrotron in Trieste and the C and A1 beamlines of the HASYLAB within the DESY synchrotron laboratory in Hamburg.


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