Dr. hab., Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia
Juris Purans received his PhD from the University of Latvia (UL) in 1980 “EPR of disordered solid state materials” and his habilitation from the ISSP UL in 1993 “XAFS Spectroscopy of Transition Metal Oxides”. Since 1993, he is a head of the EXAFS laboratory at the ISSP UL (www.dragon.lv/exafs). He worked for many times at the synchrotron radiation facilities ADONE/DAFNA (ITALY), LURE-SOLEIL (France) as a beam-line scientist, as well as invited professor – Universities of France, Italy and Switzerland. J.Purans has over 30 years of experience and published more than 200 papers on the studies of functional materials using synchrotron radiation at the ESRF (Grenoble), LURE-SOLEIL (Orsay), HASYLAB (Hamburg), ADONE/DAFNA – ELLETRA (ITALY). He is the author of 270 papers and 2 review articles on synchrotron radiation EXAFS studies, as well as RAMAN, EPR and XRD. His H-index is 24, with 1600 citations. His laboratory has recently developed EXAFS experiments with unprecedented (femtometer 10-5 Å) accuracy and nanometer scale (50 nm) lateral resolution (FP6 STRP project “X-TIP”).