Event Name IUCr-IUPAP-ICTP OpenLab Senegal
Start Date 20th Nov 2017
End Date 2nd Dec 2017
Duration 13 days

Laboratory and synchrotron X-ray crystallography: applications to emerging countries 


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.

Registrations are open at http://indico.ictp.it/event/8243/overview. Registration fee: 100 €. Deadline: 31 August 2017


C. Lecomte, Université de Lorraine, France
M. Zema, IUCr and University of Pavia, Italy
S. Onesti, Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy
M. Camara, University of Assane Seck, Ziguinchor, Senegal
P. Kenfack, University of Dschang, Cameroon
J. Niemela, ICTP, Trieste, Italy

ICTP Scientific Contact 

S. Scandolo, ICTP, Trieste, Italy

Local Organizers

M. Camara, University of Assane Seck, Ziguinchor, Senegal
D. Kobor, University of Assane Seck, Ziguinchor, Senegal
C. Balde, University of Assane Seck, Ziguinchor, Senegal
A. Gassama, University of Assane Seck, Ziguinchor, Senegal


  • 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



Location Ziguinchor
Contact Magatte Camara
URL http://indico.ictp.it/event/8243/
Category openlabs