Fresh off the press! A user-friendly guide to X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

21 December 2023

The culmination of 25 years of dedicated work and expertise developed in the field of X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Giorgio Speranza’s book, Data Driven Guide to the Analysis of X-ray Photoelectron Spectra using RxpsG has been released – Giorgio’s first book and a notable contribution to the field.

Physicists, chemists, biologists, material- and geo-scientists, to name some of the prospective users, for anyone looking to delve deeper into understanding material surface properties, XPS may provide the answers, and this book guides you through how. With the power to provide elemental compositions and quantitative chemical analyses to characterise a material’s electronic and structural properties, XPS is a useful and popular tool.

Whether you are new to the field or an experienced XPS user, the book has something for everyone. It explains the background theory of XPS as an analytical technique and provides a practical introduction and guide to the analysis and interpretation of XPS spectra using the RxpsG software. The open-source software is the book’s bonus – a free, powerful tool for XPS analysis that anyone can use without prior experience. It has been specifically developed by Giorgio Speranza, with the help of his colleague Dr. Roberto Canteri. Equipped with a free library based on R, the software can generate all the functions necessary for XPS data reduction, and together with the book the spectral data can be interpreted.

This book’s release and the accompanying open-source software reflect core values of the Fondazione Bruno Kessler; to contribute generously to the scientific community and make science accessible to everyone. On behalf of Giorgio, we hope you will find these resources useful and helpful.

About the author

Giorgio Speranza is a Senior Researcher at the Fondazione Bruno Kessler – Center for Sensors and Devices, Trento, Italy. He is an Associate Member of the Italian National Council of Research, and an Associate Member of the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Trento, Italy.

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RxpsG is a free software for the spectral analysis of xps and there is a manual. The book provides users with more in-depth information on how to use the software. Readers can find, download and install the package from

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