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Compact X-ray computed tomography system for non destructive characterization of nano materials

Objective

Within the past decades, advances in miniaturization from micro to nano-scale have had dramatic impacts on our lives. Consumer electronics, which once occupied large volumes, now fit in the palm of a hand. But nanotechnology does not only improve in electronics. Also material sciences, chemical engineering, or biology are strongly profiting from nanotechnology. The tremendous achievements in all of these areas would not have been possible without the material analytics in behind. Material analytics for nano-scale characterization currently covers destructive methods, surface inspection methods, or 2D methods.

To date it is not possible to get a comprehensive representation of a specimen including internal and external 3D-structure analysis as well as a chemical analysis without destroying the probe. In this respect nano-scale material analytics is currently on the edge of a new era, which is targeted in NanoXCT. The project addresses the limitations of conventional techniques using 3D X-ray computed tomography, which allows for non destructive and fully three dimensional characterizations of specimens. In order to facilitate X-ray computed tomography at the nanometer scale, NanoXCT comprises a novel concept of an ultra-bright X-ray source in combination with a high precision focusing and emission system. Furthermore, a highly sensitive, photon counting wide field of view small pitch X-ray detector concept will be included. The concept is perfected by a high precision manipulation system, which allows for alternative scanning geometries as helical CT, and a suitable software environment for data processing and analysis.

NanoXCT links the activities of 11 partners from 7 European countries including 5 SMEs to design, develop and implement a compact X-ray computed tomography system for non destructive characterization of nano materials and components. The targeted specifications yield a wide field of view of 1mm, a probe size of up to 1mm² and a voxel size of 50 nm.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2011-SME-5
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Coordinator

FH OO FORSCHUNGS & ENTWICKLUNGS GMBH
Address
Roseggerstrasse 15
4600 Wels
Austria

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Heinzl (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 545 566

Participants (9)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 620 206,72
Address
Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
INSTITUTE OF MECHANICS - BAS IMECHBAS
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 194 075
Address
Ul. Akademik G Bonchev 4 Blok 4
1113 Sofia

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rumiana Kotsilkova (Prof.)
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 206 590,08
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thoren Monica (Ms.)
EXCILLUM AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 426 216,40
Address
Jan Stenbecks Torg 17
164 40 Kista

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Oscar Hemberg (Dr.)
RAYSCAN TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 485 074,60
Address
Klingleweg 8
88709 Meersburg

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christoph Sauerwein (Dr.)
FEI SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 228 840
Address
Impasse Rudolf Diesel 3
33700 Merignac

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pascal Doux (Mr.)
STMICROELECTRONICS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 168 165
Address
Via C.olivetti 2
20864 Agrate Brianza

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sara Loi (Dr.)
Research and Development of Carbon Nanotubes S.A.
Greece
EU contribution
€ 109 139,20
Address
Stadiou Street, Platani
26504 Rio

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Katerina Kouravelou (Dr.)
XRD-TOOLS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 116 127
Address
Via Mario Giuntini 25 Int
56023 Cascina Pi

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giovanni Berti (Prof.)