Florian Meirer

Tenured Assistant Professor
Employed since: Tenured Assistant Professor since 2017
Phone: +31 6 22736338
Email: f.meirer (at) uu.nl
Room: 4.86

Research

Research

X-ray Microscopy and Spectroscopy

Our research focuses on developing and applying spectro-microscopic techniques to obtain insights about nanoscale processes, which is critical towards understanding how advanced functional materials operate. Most advanced functional devices are composed of multiple phases in the form of hierarchical structures, and their distribution and interplay determines the materials properties. Because these hierarchies are assembled at scales larger than a few nanometers, tools that can probe multiple levels of complexity are required. The main challenges for probing hierarchically structured materials are therefore to inspect a large field of view with sufficient spatial resolution while obtaining chemical information. Ideally the analysis is carried out in-situ or even under operando conditions, studying advanced functional materials under realistic working conditions.

X-ray spectro-microscopy in combination with x-ray tomography is one of the methods able to tackle most of the above mentioned challenges. Its flexibility in terms of harsh working conditions (e.g. high pressures or temperatures) and easy sample preparation makes it an invaluable tool for studying various functional materials. Examples of our work range from studies of catalyst materials (fluid catalytic cracking, Fischer–Tropsch synthesis) to battery electrode materials, or the analysis of roman pottery aiming for the recovery of lost ancient ceramic technology (figure 1).

Figure 1: Full-field transmission X-ray microscopy (FF-TXM) in combination with x-ray absorption near edge structures (XANES) analysis (central map) and tomography (right) of Roman ceramics (left) to estimate firing conditions.

C.V.

C.V.

Florian Meirer started his work at Utrecht University in 2013. He is a regular user at different Synchrotron Radiation Facilities throughout Europe (ESRF, PETRAIII & ANKA) and the USA (SSRL & NSLS) focusing on the characterisation of complex hierarchical materials by means of x-ray spectro-microscopic methods.

2013-Present
Assistant-Professor in the Inorganic Chemistry & Catalysis Group

2010-2013
Post-doc at Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy (Marie-Curie COFUND fellowship, EU project of FP6, acronym DART

2009-2010
Post-doc at the Stanford Synchrotron radiation Lightsource, Menlo Park, CA, USA (Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship of the Austrian Science Fund), Supervisor: Prof. Piero Pianetta

2008
ScD (Dr. techn.) in Technical Physics, Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Atomic and Subatomic Physics, Vienna, Austria, Thesis: “Applications of synchrotron radiation induced TXRF-XANES analysis”, ISBN-13: 978-3838107929, Supervisor: Prof. Christina Streli

2005  
MSc (Dipl.-Ing.) in Technical Physics, Vienna University of Technology

Publications

Moya-Cancino, J G; Honkanen, A -P; van der Eerden, A M J; Schaink, H; Folkertsma, L; Ghiasi, M; Longo, A; de Groot, F M F; Meirer, F; Huotari, S; Weckhuysen, B M

In-situ X-Ray Absorption Near Edge Structure Spectroscopy of a Solid Catalyst using a Laboratory-Based Set-up Journal Article

ChemCatChem, 11 (3), pp. 1039-1044, 2019.

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Schmidt, J E; Ye, X; van Ravenhorst, I K; Oord, R; Shapiro, D A; Yu, Y -S; Bare, S R; Meirer, F; Poplawsky, J D; Weckhuysen, B M

Probing the Location and Speciation of Elements in Zeolites with Correlated Atom Probe Tomography and Scanning Transmission X-Ray Microscopy Journal Article

ChemCatChem, 11 (1), pp. 488-494, 2019, (cited By 0).

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Weckhuysen, B M; Öztürk, Z; Brand, R P; Boereboom, J M; Meirer, F

Vibrational Fingerprinting of Defects Sites in Thin Films of Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks Journal Article

Chemistry - A European Journal, 2019, (cited By 0).

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Schmidt, J E; Ye, X; van Ravenhorst, I K; Oord, R; Shapiro, D A; Yu, Y -S; Bare, S R; Meirer, F; Poplawsky, J D; Weckhuysen, B M

Probing the Location and Speciation of Elements in Zeolites with Correlated Atom Probe Tomography and Scanning Transmission X-Ray Microscopy Journal Article

ChemCatChem, 2018, (cited By 0; Article in Press).

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Hendriks, F C; Mohammadian, S; Ristanović, Z; Kalirai, S; Meirer, F; Vogt, E T C; Bruijnincx, P C A; Gerritsen, H C; Weckhuysen, B M

Integrated Transmission Electron and Single-Molecule Fluorescence Microscopy Correlates Reactivity with Ultrastructure in a Single Catalyst Particle Journal Article

Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 57 (1), pp. 257-261, 2018, (cited By 5).

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Vogt, C; Groeneveld, E; Kamsma, G; Nachtegaal, M; Lu, L; Kiely, C J; Berben, P H; Meirer, F; Weckhuysen, B M

Unravelling structure sensitivity in CO2 hydrogenation over nickel Journal Article

Nature Catalysis, 1 (2), pp. 127-134, 2018, (cited By 14).

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Yarulina, I; Chowdhury, A D; Meirer, F; Weckhuysen, B M; Gascon, J

Recent trends and fundamental insights in the methanol-to-hydrocarbons process Journal Article

Nature Catalysis, 1 (6), pp. 398-411, 2018, (cited By 7).

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Solsona, M; Nieuwelink, A -E; Meirer, F; Abelmann, L; Odijk, M; Olthuis, W; Weckhuysen, B M; van den Berg, A

Magnetophoretic Sorting of Single Catalyst Particles Journal Article

Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 57 (33), pp. 10589-10594, 2018, (cited By 0).

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Velthoen, M E Z; Meeldijk, J D; Meirer, F; Weckhuysen, B M

Intra- and Interparticle Heterogeneities in Solid Activators for Single-Site Olefin Polymerization Catalysis as Revealed by Micro-Spectroscopy Journal Article

Chemistry - A European Journal, 24 (46), pp. 11944-11953, 2018, (cited By 1).

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Meirer, F; Weckhuysen, B M

Spatial and temporal exploration of heterogeneous catalysts with synchrotron radiation Journal Article

Nature Reviews Materials, 3 (9), pp. 324-340, 2018, (cited By 2).

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van Ravenhorst, I K; Vogt, C; Oosterbeek, H; Bossers, K W; Moya-Cancino, J G; van Bavel, A P; van der Eerden, A M J; Vine, D; de Groot, F M F; Meirer, F; Weckhuysen, B M

Capturing the Genesis of an Active Fischer–Tropsch Synthesis Catalyst with Operando X-ray Nanospectroscopy Journal Article

Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 57 (37), pp. 11957-11962, 2018, (cited By 2).

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Mance, D; der Zwan, Van J; Velthoen, M E Z; Meirer, F; Weckhuysen, B M; Baldus, M; Vogt, E T C

A DNP-supported solid-state NMR study of carbon species in fluid catalytic cracking catalysts Journal Article

Chemical Communications, 53 (28), pp. 3933-3936, 2017, (cited By 7).

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Hendriks, F C; Meirer, F; Kubarev, A V; Ristanović, Z; Roeffaers, M B J; Vogt, E T C; Bruijnincx, P C A; Weckhuysen, B M

Single-molecule fluorescence microscopy reveals local diffusion coefficients in the pore network of an individual catalyst particle Journal Article

Journal of the American Chemical Society, 139 (39), pp. 13632-13635, 2017, (cited By 9).

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Fu, D; Schmidt, J E; Ristanović, Z; Chowdhury, A D; Meirer, F; Weckhuysen, B M

Highly Oriented Growth of Catalytically Active Zeolite ZSM-5 Films with a Broad Range of Si/Al Ratios Journal Article

Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 56 (37), pp. 11217-11221, 2017, (cited By 9).

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Fu, D; Park, K; Delen, G; Attila, Ö; Meirer, F; Nowak, D; Park, S; Schmidt, J E; Weckhuysen, B M

Nanoscale infrared imaging of zeolites using photoinduced force microscopy Journal Article

Chemical Communications, 53 (97), pp. 13012-13014, 2017, (cited By 4).

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Goetze, J; Meirer, F; Yarulina, I; Gascon, J; Kapteijn, F; Ruiz-Martínez, J; Weckhuysen, B M

Insights into the Activity and Deactivation of the Methanol-to-Olefins Process over Different Small-Pore Zeolites As Studied with Operando UV-vis Spectroscopy Journal Article

ACS Catalysis, 7 (6), pp. 4033-4046, 2017, (cited By 21).

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Borodina, E; Kamaluddin, Sharbini Harun H; Meirer, F; Mokhtar, M; Asiri, A M; Al-Thabaiti, S A; Basahel, S N; Ruiz-Martinez, J; Weckhuysen, B M

Influence of the Reaction Temperature on the Nature of the Active and Deactivating Species during Methanol-to-Olefins Conversion over H-SAPO-34 Journal Article

ACS Catalysis, 7 (8), pp. 5268-5281, 2017, (cited By 9).

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Cats, K H; Andrews, J C; Stéphan, O; March, K; Karunakaran, C; Meirer, F; Groot, De F M F; Weckhuysen, B M

Active phase distribution changes within a catalyst particle during Fischer-Tropsch synthesis as revealed by multi-scale microscopy Journal Article

Catalysis Science and Technology, 6 (12), pp. 4438-4449, 2016, (cited By 17).

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Kalirai, S; Paalanen, P P; Wang, J; Meirer, F; Weckhuysen, B M

Visualizing Dealumination of a Single Zeolite Domain in a Real-Life Catalytic Cracking Particle Journal Article

Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 55 (37), pp. 11134-11138, 2016, (cited By 11).

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Ristanović, Z; Hofmann, J P; Richard, M -I; Jiang, T; Chahine, G A; Schülli, T U; Meirer, F; Weckhuysen, B M

X-ray Excited Optical Fluorescence and Diffraction Imaging of Reactivity and Crystallinity in a Zeolite Crystal: Crystallography and Molecular Spectroscopy in One Journal Article

Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 55 (26), pp. 7496-7500, 2016, (cited By 5).

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Schmidt, J E; Poplawsky, J D; Mazumder, B; Attila, Ö; Fu, D; de Winter, D A M; Meirer, F; Bare, S R; Weckhuysen, B M

Coke Formation in a Zeolite Crystal During the Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons Reaction as Studied with Atom Probe Tomography Journal Article

Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 55 (37), pp. 11173-11177, 2016, (cited By 21).

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Wise, A M; Weker, J N; Kalirai, S; Farmand, M; Shapiro, D A; Meirer, F; Weckhuysen, B M

Nanoscale Chemical Imaging of an Individual Catalyst Particle with Soft X-ray Ptychography Journal Article

ACS Catalysis, 6 (4), pp. 2178-2181, 2016, (cited By 22).

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Winter, De D A M; Meirer, F; Weckhuysen, B M

FIB-SEM Tomography Probes the Mesoscale Pore Space of an Individual Catalytic Cracking Particle Journal Article

ACS Catalysis, 6 (5), pp. 3158-3167, 2016, (cited By 10).

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Liu, Y; Meirer, F; Krest, C M; Webb, S; Weckhuysen, B M

Relating structure and composition with accessibility of a single catalyst particle using correlative 3-dimensional micro-spectroscopy Journal Article

Nature Communications, 7 , 2016, (cited By 27).

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Ingerle, D; Pepponi, G; Meirer, F; Wobrauschek, P; Streli, C

JGIXA - A software package for the calculation and fitting of grazing incidence X-ray fluorescence and X-ray reflectivity data for the characterization of nanometer-layers and ultra-shallow-implants Journal Article

Spectrochimica Acta - Part B Atomic Spectroscopy, 118 , pp. 20-28, 2016, (cited By 10).

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Mihucz, V G; Meirer, F; Polgári, Z; Réti, A; Pepponi, G; Ingerle, D; Szoboszlai, N; Streli, C

Iron overload of human colon adenocarcinoma cells studied by synchrotron-based X-ray techniques Journal Article

Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, 21 (2), pp. 241-249, 2016, (cited By 6).

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Keune, K; Mass, J; Mehta, A; Church, J; Meirer, F

Analytical imaging studies of the migration of degraded orpiment, realgar, and emerald green pigments in historic paintings and related conservation issues Journal Article

Heritage Science, 4 (1), 2016, (cited By 14).

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Meirer, F; Morris, D T; Kalirai, S; Liu, Y; Andrews, J C; Weckhuysen, B M

Mapping metals incorporation of a whole single catalyst particle using element specific X-ray nanotomography Journal Article

Journal of the American Chemical Society, 137 (1), pp. 102-105, 2015, (cited By 36).

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Samarai, Al M; Meirer, F; Karunakaran, C; Wang, J; Vogt, E T C; Zandbergen, H W; Weber, T; Weckhuysen, B M; Groot, De F M F

Unraveling the redox behavior of a CoMoS hydrodesulfurization catalyst: A scanning transmission X-ray microscopy study in the tender X-ray range Journal Article

Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119 (5), pp. 2530-2536, 2015, (cited By 1).

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Borodina, E; Meirer, F; Lezcano-González, I; Mokhtar, M; Asiri, A M; Al-Thabaiti, S A; Basahel, S N; Ruiz-Martinez, J; Weckhuysen, B M

Influence of the reaction temperature on the nature of the active and deactivating species during methanol to olefins conversion over H-SSZ-13 Journal Article

ACS Catalysis, 5 (2), pp. 992-1003, 2015, (cited By 36).

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Meirer, F; Kalirai, S; Morris, D; Soparawalla, S; Liu, Y; Mesu, G; Andrews, J C; Weckhuysen, B M

Life and death of a single catalytic cracking particle Journal Article

Science Advances, 1 (3), 2015, (cited By 33).

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Whiting, G T; Meirer, F; Mertens, M M; Bons, A -J; Weiss, B M; Stevens, P A; Smit, De E; Weckhuysen, B M

Binder effects in SiO<inf>2</inf>- and Al<inf>2</inf>O<inf>3</inf>-bound zeolite ZSM-5-based extrudates as studied by microspectroscopy Journal Article

ChemCatChem, 7 (8), pp. 1312-1321, 2015, (cited By 16).

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Meirer, F; Kalirai, S; Weker, J N; Liu, Y; Andrews, J C; Weckhuysen, B M

Agglutination of single catalyst particles during fluid catalytic cracking as observed by X-ray nanotomography Journal Article

Chemical Communications, 51 (38), pp. 8097-8100, 2015, (cited By 17).

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Ristanović, Z; Hofmann, J P; Cremer, De G; Kubarev, A V; Rohnke, M; Meirer, F; Hofkens, J; Roeffaers, M B J; Weckhuysen, B M

Quantitative 3D Fluorescence Imaging of Single Catalytic Turnovers Reveals Spatiotemporal Gradients in Reactivity of Zeolite H-ZSM-5 Crystals upon Steaming Journal Article

Journal of the American Chemical Society, 137 (20), pp. 6559-6568, 2015, (cited By 26).

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Angelici, C; Meirer, F; Eerden, Van Der A M J; Schaink, H L; Goryachev, A; Hofmann, J P; Hensen, E J M; Weckhuysen, B M; Bruijnincx, P C A

Ex Situ and Operando Studies on the Role of Copper in Cu-Promoted SiO2-MgO Catalysts for the Lebedev Ethanol-to-Butadiene Process Journal Article

ACS Catalysis, 5 (10), pp. 6005-6015, 2015, (cited By 34).

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Kalirai, S; Boesenberg, U; Falkenberg, G; Meirer, F; Weckhuysen, B M

X-ray Fluorescence Tomography of Aged Fluid-Catalytic-Cracking Catalyst Particles Reveals Insight into Metal Deposition Processes Journal Article

ChemCatChem, 7 (22), pp. 3674-3682, 2015, (cited By 30).

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Vishwanath, V; Demenev, E; Giubertoni, D; Vanzetti, L; Koh, A L; Steinhauser, G; Pepponi, G; Bersani, M; Meirer, F; Foad, M A

Evolution of arsenic in high fluence plasma immersion ion implanted silicon: Behavior of the as-implanted surface Journal Article

Applied Surface Science, 355 , pp. 792-799, 2015, (cited By 1).

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Pouyet, E; Cotte, M; Fayard, B; Salomé, M; Meirer, F; Mehta, A; Uffelman, E S; Hull, A; Vanmeert, F; Kieffer, J; Burghammer, M; Janssens, K; Sette, F; Mass, J

2D X-ray and FTIR micro-analysis of the degradation of cadmium yellow pigment in paintings of Henri Matisse Journal Article

Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing, 121 (3), pp. 967-980, 2015, (cited By 21).

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Keune, K; Mass, J; Meirer, F; Pottasch, C; Loon, Van A; Hull, A; Church, J; Pouyet, E; Cotte, M; Mehta, A

Tracking the transformation and transport of arsenic sulfide pigments in paints: Synchrotron-based X-ray micro-analyses Journal Article

Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 30 (3), pp. 813-827, 2015, (cited By 25).

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Majer, Z; Bosze, S; Szabó, I; Mihucz, V G; Gaál, A; Szilvágyi, G; Pepponi, G; Meirer, F; Wobrauschek, P; Szoboszlai, N; Ingerle, D; Streli, C

Study of dinuclear Rh(II) complexes of phenylalanine derivatives as potential anticancer agents by using X-ray fluorescence and X-ray absorption Journal Article

Microchemical Journal, 120 , pp. 51, 2015, (cited By 6).

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Tirez, K; Vanhoof, C; Peters, J; Geerts, L; Bleux, N; Adriaenssens, E; Roekens, E; Smolek, S; Maderitsch, A; Steininger, R; Göttlicher, J; Meirer, F; Streli, C; Berghmans, P

Speciation of inorganic arsenic in particulate matter by combining HPLC/ICP-MS and XANES analyses Journal Article

Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 30 (10), pp. 2074-2088, 2015, (cited By 5).

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Cianchetta, I; Trentelman, K; Maish, J; Saunders, D; Foran, B; Walton, M; Sciau, P; Wang, T; Pouyet, E; Cotte, M; Meirer, F; Liu, Y; Pianetta, P; Mehta, A

Evidence for an unorthodox firing sequence employed by the Berlin Painter: Deciphering ancient ceramic firing conditions through high-resolution material characterization and replication Journal Article

Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 30 (3), pp. 666-676, 2015, (cited By 14).

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Whiting, G T; Meirer, F; Valencia, D; Mertens, M M; Bons, A -J; Weiss, B M; Stevens, P A; de Smit, E; Weckhuysen, B M

Selective staining of Brønsted acidity in zeolite ZSM-5-based catalyst extrudates using thiophene as a probe Journal Article

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 16 (39), pp. 21531-21542, 2014, (cited By 9).

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Bij, Van Der H E; Meirer, F; Kalirai, S; Wang, J; Weckhuysen, B M

Hexane cracking over steamed phosphated zeolite H-ZSM-5: Promotional effect on catalyst performance and stability Journal Article

Chemistry - A European Journal, 20 (51), pp. 16922-16932, 2014, (cited By 18).

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Bij, Van Der H E; Cicmil, D; Wang, J; Meirer, F; Groot, De F M F; Weckhuysen, B M

Aluminum-phosphate binder formation in zeolites as probed with X-ray absorption microscopy Journal Article

Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136 (51), pp. 17774-17787, 2014, (cited By 20).

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Ingerle, D; Meirer, F; Pepponi, G; Demenev, E; Giubertoni, D; Wobrauschek, P; Streli, C

Combined evaluation of grazing incidence X-ray fluorescence and X-ray reflectivity data for improved profiling of ultra-shallow depth distributions Journal Article

Spectrochimica Acta - Part B Atomic Spectroscopy, 99 , pp. 121-128, 2014, (cited By 16).

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Lerotic, M; Mak, R; Wirick, S; Meirer, F; Jacobsen, C

Mantis: A program for the analysis of x-ray spectromicroscopy data Journal Article

Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 21 (5), pp. 1206-1212, 2014, (cited By 27).

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Keune, K; Mass, J; Meirer, F; Pottash, C; Vanloon, A; Hull, A; Mehta, A

Decomposing apricots: Tracking transformation of arsenic sulfide pigments in a dutch golden age still-life Journal Article

Microscopy and Microanalysis, 20 (3), pp. 2026-2027, 2014, (cited By 0).

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Demenev, E; Meirer, F; Essa, Z; Giubertoni, D; Cristiano, F; Pepponi, G; Gennaro, S; Bersani, M; Foad, M A

Observation of point defect injection from electrical deactivation of arsenic ultra-shallow distributions formed by ultra-low energy ion implantation and laser sub-melt annealing Journal Article

Physica Status Solidi (C) Current Topics in Solid State Physics, 11 (1), pp. 16-19, 2014, (cited By 0).

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Meirer, F; Demenev, E; Giubertoni, D; Vanzetti, L; Gennaro, S; Fedrizzi, M; Pepponi, G; Steinhauser, G; Vishwanath, V; Foad, M; Bersani, M

Surface evolution of very high dose arsenic implants in silicon formed by plasma immersion ion implantation - a long term study Journal Article

Physica Status Solidi (C) Current Topics in Solid State Physics, 11 (1), pp. 28-31, 2014, (cited By 3).

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Cats, K H; Gonzalez-Jimenez, I D; Liu, Y; Nelson, J; Campen, Van D; Meirer, F; Eerden, Van Der A M J; Groot, De F M F; Andrews, J C; Weckhuysen, B M

X-ray nanoscopy of cobalt Fischer-Tropsch catalysts at work Journal Article

Chemical Communications, 49 (41), pp. 4622-4624, 2013, (cited By 32).

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Meirer, F; Liu, Y; Pouyet, E; Fayard, B; Cotte, M; Sanchez, C; Andrews, J C; Mehta, A; Sciau, P

Full-field XANES analysis of Roman ceramics to estimate firing conditions - A novel probe to study hierarchical heterogeneous materials Journal Article

Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 28 (12), pp. 1870-1883, 2013, (cited By 29).

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Gonzalez-Jimenez, I D; Cats, K; Davidian, T; Ruitenbeek, M; Meirer, F; Liu, Y; Nelson, J; Andrews, J C; Pianetta, P; Groot, De F M F; Weckhuysen, B M

Hard X-ray nanotomography of catalytic solids at work Journal Article

Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 51 (48), pp. 11986-11990, 2012, (cited By 48).

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Other publications

See earlier publications on Scopus.