Dr. Yongfeng Hu is the staff scientist at the Canadian Light Source, and he is an adjunct professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. He obtained his Ph.D in Physical Chemistry from University of Western Ontario in 1996. He has over 20 years of experience in beamline operation and construction at several synchrotron facilities in US and Canada. He has been responsible of building and commissioning two beamlines at the Canadian Light Source. His research interest has been centered on the application of synchrotron based techniques in chemistry, physics, material science, and environmental science research. He is theauthor/co-author of about 150 peer-reviewed publications in areas of material and environmental science, atomic and molecular chemistry and physics, and synchrotron instrumentation.
Synchrotron radiation facilities are advancing and becoming more widely available to support fundamental and applied research in almost all domains of science, such as material, life science and environmental research. Synchrotrons produce beams of light in spectrum ranging from infrared to soft and hard X-rays and various beamlines are built to optimize a specific range of light to study various matters. The application of synchrotron is multi- and inter-disciplinary and the information obtained could also be multi-dimensional: be it in the energy scale (the electronic/bonding); in spatial (imaging and microscopy) or in time scale (time resolved). In this presentation, an introduction to the synchrotron radiation and related techniques will be presented. A few research examples specifically in the nano materials, such as battery materials and nano catalytic materials will be given.