Synchrotron imaging provides powerful visualisations of a wide range of samples, reaching far beyond the surface of a material. It can reveal the internal or hidden components of a sample, without having the harsh destructive effects of other research techniques. It can probe the interior structure of materials, down to a molecular level to address challenges in areas as wide as:
♦ Cell biology ♦ Food science ♦ Chemical identification ♦ Molecular identification ♦ Environmental science ♦ Soft matter ♦ Engineering materials
High resolution X-ray tomography measurements enabled beads from 3 different production batches to be studied by scientists at Pfizer, to distinguish porosity differences between the different production batches. This is key in the development of controlled-release drugs. To find out more, read our case study.
Scientists from the University of Bristol used Tomography imaging and micro-fluorescence measurements at Diamond to understand the physical and chemical nature of the radioactive particles from Fukushma and determine their long-term environmental fate and health risks. To find out more, read our case study.
This collaborative study involved using mapping techniques, including cryo-soft X-ray tomography, to visualise red blood cells infected with a species of Plasmodium. By understanding egress, a critical stage of infection, scientists would be able to develop new medicines. To find out more, read our case study.
X-ray radiography allowed scientists to observe a variety of in situ process conditions to uncover key mechanisms and interactions during Laser Additive Manufacturing. The insight will lead to optimum conditions to improve the quality of products of the future. To find out more, read our case study.
Below are details of some of our core instruments for Imaging.
I12: Joint Engineering, Environment and Processing (JEEP) beamline is a high-energy beamline principally for Material Science, Engineering and Processing Science. The instrument's main focus is to allow in situ studies of samples in as close as possible real-world environments using imaging, tomography, diffraction and small-angle scattering. It is well suited to study large or dense objects and offers a unique sample and environment installation facility for weights up to 2000kg. Find out more.
I13 - X-ray imaging and coherence is Diamond's longest beamline, dedicated to imaging, tomographic and coherence experiments across the biological, medical, geological, material, engineering and archeological sciences. Find out more.
B24 - Correlative cryo-imaging beamline is a full-field transmission microscope at Diamond designed specifically to meet the rising demand for tomographic imaging of biological specimens under near physiological conditions. Find out more
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