New EU infrastructure grant
The Department has been granted a large EU project in collaboration with 15 different Universities in the H2020 INFRAIA program (Integrating and opening research infrastructures of European)
EXCITE (Electron and X-ray microscopy Community for structural and chemical Imaging Techniques for Earth materials)
EXCITE (Electron and X-ray microscopy Community for structural and chemical Imaging Techniques for Earth materials) unites leading European facilities for electron and X-ray microscopy of materials. 15 European institutions will join forces in this EXCITE project to set up correlative microscopy of materials and analysis protocols. By applying these protocols to the high-end infrastructures, we will provide scientists with the tools to unravel the multi-scale physics associated with and fully grasp the complexity of materials. The EXCITE starting community is offering their expertise in -, as well as access to, state-of-the-art electron and X-ray microscopy equipment. With integrated networking activities and joint research efforts, EXCITE will unite this interdisciplinary community through their passion for microscopy in order to tackle the earth-science challenges of the 21st century.
The collective aim of this starting community is to enable access to existing high-end facilities in the field of earth sciences and to join the knowledge and experience from the different key facilities accessible for current and future earth scientists. The project is coordinated by Utrecht University. The Department of Biomaterials will together with the Goldschmidt Laboratory and USIT at UiO, provide physical access to the consortium to our SEM and microCTs, as well as Virtual Desktop Interphase (VDI) for X-ray tomography analysis. The development of VDI and implementation across the different EXCITE partners, will allow users to access high-end computing power and software for post-transnational access data analysis.