Laura Simonelli

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BACKGROUND Patients choose to undergo bariatric surgery for a variety of medical and psychosocial reasons. However, the majority of bariatric surgery candidates have unrealistic weight loss goals, and certain subgroups within this population may be more likely to endorse such beliefs. This study examines weight loss expectations in patients undergoing three(More)
We report on the microscopic structure of water at sub- and supercritical conditions studied using X-ray Raman spectroscopy, ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, and density functional theory. Systematic changes in the X-ray Raman spectra with increasing pressure and temperature are observed. Throughout the studied thermodynamic range, the experimental(More)
A multiple-analyser-crystal spectrometer for non-resonant inelastic X-ray scattering spectroscopy installed at beamline ID16 of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility is presented. Nine analyser crystals with bending radii R = 1 m measure spectra for five different momentum transfer values simultaneously. Using a two-dimensional detector, the spectra(More)
The microscopic structure of the hydrogen-bond network of water-alcohol mixtures was studied using X-ray Raman scattering (XRS). To systematically examine how the hydrogen-bond network of water is affected by an increasing size of the hydrophobic group, small linear alcohols (methanol, ethanol, and propanol) in constant mole fractions were studied. The(More)
We report on the formation of tetrahydrofuran clathrate hydrate studied by x-ray Raman scattering measurements at the oxygen K edge. A comparison of x-ray Raman spectra measured from water-tetrahydrofuran mixtures and tetrahydrofuran hydrate at different temperatures supports stochastic hydrate formation models rather than models assuming hydrate(More)
The synthesis, characterization and assessment of the antibacterial properties of hydrophilic silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were investigated with the aim to probe their suitability for innovative applications in the field of nanobiotechnology. First, silver nanoparticles were synthetized and functionalized with two capping agents, namely(More)
Recently, ammonia-thermal reaction has been used for molecular intercalation in layered FeSe, resulting a new Lix(NH3)yFe2Se2 superconductor with Tc ~ 45 K. Here, we have used temperature dependent extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) to investigate local atomic displacements in single crystals of this new superconductor. Using polarized EXAFS(More)
The local structure of Fe(Se, S)(1-x)Te(x) ternary (11-type) chalcogenides has been studied by temperature dependent Fe K-edge extended x-ray absorption fine structure measurements. We find that the Fe-Se and Fe-Te distances in ternary FeSe(1-x)Te(x) are closer to the respective distances in the binary systems, revealing significant divergence of the local(More)
We report a study on the temperature dependence of charge-neutral crystal field (dd) excitations in cupric oxide, using nonresonant inelastic x-ray scattering spectroscopy. Thanks to a very high-energy resolution (ΔE = 60 meV), we observe thermal effects on the dd excitation spectrum fine structure between temperatures of 10-320 K. The spectra broaden(More)
An end-station for X-ray Raman scattering spectroscopy at beamline ID20 of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility is described. This end-station is dedicated to the study of shallow core electronic excitations using non-resonant inelastic X-ray scattering. The spectrometer has 72 spherically bent analyzer crystals arranged in six modular groups of 12(More)