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Pablo Villanueva Perez


Our research focuses on the development of X-ray techniques to explore nature in 3D and 4D (3D+time), from the microscale down to the nanoscale, and from seconds down to femtoseconds. The unique penetration power of X-rays allows the study of the inner structure of matter in a non-destructive manner. Furthermore, their short wavelength allows the study from the macroscopic down to the atomic scale. These properties, together with the advent of high-brilliance sources, such as diffraction-limited storage rings (MAX IV) and X-ray free-electron lasers (European XFEL), offers the possibility to develop novel X-ray microscopes to explore nature in ways not possible before.

We are frequent users of the MAX IV synchrotron facility and the European XFEL.

Our research topics include:

  • Simulation of X-ray instruments at high-brilliance sources
  • Conceptual design and implementation of X-ray microscopes
  • Coherent X-ray imaging
  • Phase retrieval
  • Fast reconstruction algorithms based on machine learning and other state-of-the-art approaches.

Some ongoing research projects are described below:



Currently teaching and participating at:

  • MAXM06: Introduction to Synchrotron Radiation Based Science
  • MAXM16: Experimental Methods and Instrumentation for Synchrotron Radiation Research


Office:     K515
Phone:     +46 46 222 38 13

PhD supervision

Main Supervisor

  • Yuhe, Zhang

Second Supervisor

  • Hanna, Dierks
  • Huaiyu, Chen

Undergraduate students

  • Johannes, Stubbe (MSc)
  • Khachiwan, Buakor (MSc)


  • European Research Council, ERC, Starting Grant 3DX-FLASH, 948426
  • Röntgen-Ångström Cluster grant, together with European XFEL (A. Mancuso and P. Vagovic), Helmhotz-Zentrum Berlin (F. Garcia-Moreno, J. Banhart), and LTH (S. Hall, R. Mokso)
  • Crafoord