Maya Kiskinova

Senior Scientist - Coordinator Research Projects
Sc. D. Habilitation, 1990
Ph.D. in Chemistry, 1977


Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste, Area Science Park,
Basovizza-34149, Trieste-Italy
Tel. +39-040-3758549 or +39-335-1272661
Fax: 0039-40-3758565


  • Research positions in Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia 1977-1989.
  • Senior Scientist, Sincrotrone-Trieste, Italy 1990-1999.
  • Head of Microscopy Section, Sincrotrone Trieste, 1999 - 2008.
  • Coordinator soft x-ray imaging and microscopy programs, 2008 - 2010.
  • Coordinator research projects, 2011 -

Visiting positions, Grants and Honours

  • 1980 - National Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg MD, USA
  • 1982/83 - Alexander von Humboldt Scholarship in IGF-KFA Julich (FRG)
  • 1987/88 - University of Pittsburgh, Surface Science Center – 18 months
  • 2002 – Italian citizenship for scientific merits.
  • 2004- 2005 Distinguished Research Grant of AvH Foundation (Germany).

Teaching Activities

  • Undergraduate 5th year students, University of Trieste. Subject: X-ray Microscopy and its applications - 2001-2010.
  • Post-doctoral course, Polytechnic University - Nova Gorica (Slovenia) - 2000-2004.
  • Post-doctoral course in Nanotechnology, University of Trieste - since 2009.

Lecturer at International schools

  1. Since 2004 - ICTP School on Synchrotron and Free-Electron-Laser Sources and their Multidisciplinary Applications.
  2. 2015 and 2017 - SILS School on Synchrotron Radiation.
  3. 2014 and 2017 - Summer College on Physics and Contemporary Needs, Islamabad
  4. 2014 - International School and Symposium on Synchrotron Radiation in Natural Science, Warsaw.
  5. 2012 - ICTP International School on Materials Science Related to Renewable Energy Applications.
  6. 2008 - 9th International School and Symposium on Synchrotron Radiation in Natural Science, Ameliówka (Poland).
  7. 2007 - 1st Croatian Synchrotron Radiation School, Rijeka.
  8. 2006 - 1st International Summer school of MATCOR, Mainz (Germany).
  9. 2006 - Hercules Specialized Courses on X-ray imaging, Grenoble (France).
  10. 2005 - International Summer School Nicolás Cabrera, Miraflores (Spain).
  11. 2005 - Summer School on Condensed Matter Research - Spectroscopy and Microscopy Zuoz (Switzerland).
  12. 2004 - ICTP Spring College on Science at Nanoscale.

Research activities and experience

Expertise: Research interests and achievements cover different aspects of nano-structured organic and inorganic materials, thin films, interfaces, surface reactions, mass transport, electronic and magnetic properties, chemical reactivity, fuel and solar cells, nano-toxicology and transient states of matter. Last 20 years of research activities have been focused on exploring the properties and transient states of matter at sub-micrometer length scales and development of relevant synchrotron and FEL-based methodology.

Publications and invited talks

Over 300 articles in reviewed journals, 14 invited reviews and articles, one book, three book chapters and 2 U.S. Patents. Over 100 invited, keynote and plenary lectures at International Congresses, Conferences, Symposia and Workshops. h-index- 46.

Other Activities

1. Member of Scientific Advisory Boards of SOLEIL (Paris, France), DESY (Hamburg, Germany), XFEL (Hamburg), ALS (Berkeley, USA) 2008-2014, SESAME (Amman, Jordan) 2012-2017 and Beamline Advisory Board at NSLS-2 (BNL-USA).

2. Member of Proposal Review Panels at ALS (USA), BESSY (Germany), LCLS (USA) till 2017, DESY-FLASH (Germany) till 2017, MaxLab (Sweden) till 2015, ALBA (Spain) - till 2014, ESRF (France) till 2011 and SLS (Switzerland)- till 2011.

3. Member of Scientific Advisory Board of Courant Research Centre in Göttingen University (Germany) and Beamline Advisory Team at NSLS-II (USA).

4. Scientific Reviewer of APS Upgrade Programme held in March 2011.

5. Italian Representative of VAMAS (Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards).

6. Reviewer of research projects and fellowships for National Science Foundation (USA), European Community, International Center for Frontier Research in Chemistry (Strasbourg), French National Agency for Research, Italian Ministry of Education and Research, Russian Ministry of Education and Science, ERC Grants.

7. Co-editor of a Series on Synchrotron Techniques and Applications (World Scientific Publishing Co).

8. Member of the international advisory board of Journal of Surface Science and NanoTechnology (e-JSSNT) and of Journal of Physics.

9. Co-Director of the ICTP School on Synchrotron and FEL Based Methods and their Multi-Disciplinary Applications 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 Trieste (Italy).

10. Champion at AVS’61 Conference In Baltimore, November 2014 for Focus Topic Session “Novel Trends in Synchrotron and FEL-Based Analysis (SA) and Co-Chair of this session at AVS’63 in 2016, AVS’64 in 2017 and AVS’65 in 2018.

11. Co-Chair of the international program committees of International Conferences VUV’13, July 2001, Trieste (Italy).

12. Governor of ESF Exploratory Workshop on IR Microscopy and spectroscopy with Advanced Light Sources, October 2004, Trieste (Italy).

13. Chair of Symposium I: New opportunities and challenges in material research using synchrotron and free electron laser sources E-MRS September 2007, Warsaw (Poland).

14. Co-Chair of Sixth International Workshop LEEM-PEEM, September 2008, Trieste (Italy).

15. Champion at AVS’61 Conference In Baltimore, November 2014 for Focus Topic Session “Novel Trends in Synchrotron and FEL-Based Analysis (SA) and Co-Shampion at AVS’63 Conference in Nashville 2016.

16. Member of the international program, steering and award committees:

  • ICSOS International Steering Committee.
  • VUVX International Scientific Committee till 2017.
  • X-ray Microscopy Conference, 2002, Grenoble (France); 2005 Osaka (Japan); Zurich (Switzerland); 2010 Chicago (USA); 2012 Shanghai (China), 2014 Melbourne.
  • SRI - 2003, S. Francisco (USA); 2006, Korea (also Chair of session “Micro/Nanoscopy”.
  • Symposium "Microspectroscopy of Quantum, Magnetic and Biological Nanostructures",October, 2003, INTEX Osaka (Japan)
  • 5th International Symposium on Atomic Level Characterization of New Materials, and Devises, 2005, Hawaii (2005).
  • X-ray Biophotonics, 2007, Melbourne (Australia).
  • The 31th International Symposium on the Dynamic Properties of Solids –“DyProSo XXXI”, September 2007, Portugal.
  • 12nd International Conference on Vibrations at Surfaces (VAS-12) 2007, Erice (Italy).
  • 26th European Conference on Surface Science, 2009, Parma (Italy).
  • International Conference on Electronic Spectroscopy and Structure, 2009, Nara (Japan).
  • International Super High Resolution Imaging Conference, SHRI-2009, Lipica (Slovenia)
  • International Workshop on Beam Injection Assessment of Microsctructures in Semiconductors, BIAMS, 2010, Halle (Germany).
  • International Conference on Atomically Controlled Surfaces, Interfaces and

Nanostructures (ACSIN), 2011 Sankt Petersburg (Russia); 2013 Tsukuba (Japan).

  • 11th and 12th International Conferences on Electronic Spectroscopy and Structure (ICESS-12) 2012, Paris (France).
  • 16th International Conference on Solid Films and Surfaces, 2012, Genoa (Italy).

last update November 15, 2018, at 05:32 PM by Maya Kiskinova