Institute for Photon Science and Synchrotron Radiation

X-ray Imaging for Life Sciences & Materials

X-ray imaging research at IPS encompasses technological, methodological, and experimental aspects of 2D, 3D and 4D mapping of material and biological structures from macroscopic to sub-microscopic length scales. Particular emphasis is on the development of (ultra)fast, time-resolved methods, to allow investigation of dynamic processes such as cell growth or materials processing.

IPS experimental facilities include the imaging beamlines at the KIT Synchrotron, as well as outstations at the ESRF and at PETRA III/IV (in planning).

The main research activities cover:

  • X-ray optics, X-ray Detectors
  • Hard X-ray Microscopy
  • In vivo, in situ real-time imaging
  • Biomimetics
  • Spectroscopic Imaging, Phase Imaging, Diffraction Imaging
  • Algorithms and Computational Approaches

and their application in the fields of life sciences & materials research:

  • 4D imaging of living organisms, hierarchical and correlated imaging of organisms, tissues, cells and structures, morphological dynamics, mutation etc.
  • In-situ & in-operando characterisation of materials for electronics and energy storage, light-weight, high-performance materials, microsystems devices, multi-phase fluidics

 An overview of current publications can be found here.