Inside-Out - The X-Ray approach

Project Details


The need for non-destructive characterization of small, rare, and precious materials from a wide
range of fields is increasing exponentially. Indeed, defining the composition and structure of
geological, palaeontological, historical, and archaeological materials and artefacts, requires state of
the art instrumentations applying high-energy electromagnetic radiation that does not damage or
affect the studied objects. The combined use of X-ray Micro Computed Tomography (µCT) scanning
and Micro X-ray Fluorescence (µXRF) defines a key tool set to assess the internal structural, textural,
and chemical composition at different scales, from a resolution of several centimetres down to tens
of nanometres of a wide range of materials without altering their integrity, complementing the
currently available instrument arsenal in the VUB Materials Characterization Core Facility.
This project aims to strengthen the on-going research carried out at the VUB by rejuvenating and
optimizing its ageing X-ray facilities (> 10 years old), opening exploratory research avenues in
materials characterization as well biological, geological, and bioarchaeological research, while
maintaining its current workload and associated productivity. This is possible through the acquisition
of a high-capacity 3D X-ray Microscope (state-of-the-art µCT technology) and a Super-light Elements
µXRF unit (allowing to measure lighter elements traditionally not possible).
Effective start/end date1/05/2430/04/28


  • Structure
  • X-ray
  • Surface engineering

Flemish discipline codes in use since 2023

  • Geochemistry not elsewhere classified
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Surface engineering
  • Bioarchaeology


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