Funded by the European Union


Iryna Andrusenko


Iryna Andrusenko got Bachelor and Master Degrees in Applied Physics at the Pedagogical State University of Sumy, Ukraine. Later she moved to Germany, where she attended PhD in Chemistry at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität working with electron diffraction and microscopy for the analysis of different classes of metastable nanocrystalline materials. Since 2018, she is employed as Post Doc at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, where she is working on the structural investigation of organic materials. Her research interests comprise the development and use of advanced electron microscopy and diffraction methods for the analysis of pharmaceutical compounds, hybrid organic-inorganic structures, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and organic charge-transfer complexes. She is a group-oriented and result-oriented researcher used to collaborate with other academic institutions and with private companies.

Maria Batuk


Dr. Maria Batuk graduated from Moscow State University in 2009 and did her PhD at the University of Antwerp in the group of EMAT (Electron Microscopy for Materials Science) in 2013. In her PhD thesis, she combined different electron microscopy techniques (electron diffraction, high resolution imaging and spectroscopy) with powder diffraction (X-ray and neutron diffraction) to solve and refine the crystal structure of new complex oxides. After her graduation, she continued to work as a post doc researcher and applied electron microscopy to characterize a variety of inorganic materials: catalytic nanoparticles, thin films, photovoltaic materials, Li/Na-ion battery cathode materials, oxides etc. Now her research is focused on the 3DED application to study the crystal structures formed in situ during the solid-gas reactions (e.g., oxidation or reduction).


Petr Brazda


Petr Brazda studied inorganic chemistry at the Charles University in Prague, Czechia. During his PhD. studies under cotutelle with Universite L. Pasteur, Strasbourg, France, he focused on sol-gel chemistry and Fe2O3/SiO2 nanocomposite preparation and characterisation. His interest in x-ray powder diffraction and transmission electron microscopy shifted his scientific focus during his post-doc stay in the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences towards electron crystallography.

He is a member of the group of Lukas Palatinus since 2014. The main focus of his work is the beam sensitive materials, especially organic molecular crystals. He also co-develops diffraction data post-processing methods focused on the diffraction frame orientation and microscope optical distortions.

Enrico Mugnaioli


Enrico Mugnaioli attended Degree and PhD studies at the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Siena, Italy. During his PhD, he worked on applied Electron Crystallography for the structure characterization of asbestos. From 2007 to 2014 he worked at the Electron Microscopy Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. He collaborated with several public and private research institutions providing crystallographic and TEM expertise. He was one of the first developers and users of the Automated Diffraction Tomography (ADT) method, for the acquisition of 3D electron diffraction data from single nanocrystals. From 2013 to 2017 he was PI of the Italian national project FIR2013 'Exploring the nanoworld', coordinating two research units located at the University of Siena and University of Pisa.

Since April 2017 he is collaborating with CNI@NEST, Pisa. He is involved in the development and application of electron crystallography methods for the structural characterization of nanocrystalline and beam-sensitive materials, with a special focus on nanoparticles, minerals, porous materials, pharmaceuticals and macromolecules.

He is a member of the Italian Crystallographic Association, the Italian Society of Mineralogy and Petrology and the Italian Society of Microscopic Sciences.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska Curie grant agreement No 956099.