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Washington State University Institute of Materials Research

Scan of UO2 sintered ceramic (cone produced by focused ion beam) with voids visible in blue as determined from software analysis of the tomography.

Nano-CT 3D X-ray Microscopy

In November, 2017, IMR acquired a nano x-ray, 3D tomographic microscope through a joint effort of several WSU faculty and funding through the Joint Center for Research in Earth Abundant Materials (JCDREAM) and the Murdock Charitable Trust. IMR is the first and only department at any academic institution to own and operate a Zeiss Xradia 810 Ultra (chromium X-ray tube). The machine is capable of imaging samples non-destructively down to 50 nm spatial resolution and delivers a workable, 3D model to bisect and interrogate at the user’s discretion. University students are able to conduct research on battery materials. Imaging services are available for interested parties at other universities, national laboratories and industry. Visitors are welcome to conduct their own research or IMR staff is ready to perform the data acquisition and analysis, through the IMR service center.

Recent projects include uranium and tritium containing minerals, porous sample, geologic samples (shale rock, feldspar), carbon fibers, substrates for catalysts, battery cell components. The examination of organic structures and fuel-cells as well as an effort to observe batteries during charging-discharging cycles.

For further information please contact Marc Weber at (509) 335-8145 or

Fees: Zeiss Xradia 810 Ultra 

Microscope (hourly) Internal/Non-Profit: $177 / External Profit: $192

Hire WSU Staff (hourly) Internal/Non-Profit: $46 / External Profit: $50

Xradia 810 Ultra.
The Xradia 810 Ultra used by IMR for X-ray microscopy.
Backscatter image of UO2 cone.
3D microscopy of Ni-Zn ferrite.