3D X-RAY IMAGING AND ANALYSIS
SYRMEP Group Elettra – Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A.
Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste is an international research centre serving science and industry. It is specialized in the study of materials through a highly versatile and powerful analytical tool: synchrotron light.
This light makes it possible to reveal the details of the structure and behaviour of atoms and molecules, in order to provide solutions to a wide array of problems in fields that range from electronics to life science, pharmacology, diagnostics, engineering, nanotechnology, and the protection of cultural heritage.
The centre hosts two different synchrotron light sources: Elettra, a third-generation synchrotron which the centre itself is named after, and FERMI, a newly-designed free electron laser.
The light produced is collected and conveyed to over 30 experimental stations, which use it as their main tool for analysis. Laboratories specializing in chemistry, microscopy, materials science, electronics, and information technology support the research activities carried out at these stations and round out the centre’s offer.
By providing the scientific community and the private sector with constantly updated services, Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste is pursuing its own mission of promoting cultural and socio-economical growth through:
- basic and applied research;
- technology and know-how transfer;
- technical, scientific and management training;
- and fulfilling the role of reference institution within national and international scientific networks.
At Elettra, several experiments have been performed, in collaboration with research institutions and industrial partners, on geomaterials. Synchrotron X-ray microtomography techniques combined with quantitative morphological and textural analyses allow to study by a non-destructive method the three-dimensional (3D) microstructural properties of these complex materials, the high-temperature reactions and aging processes.In the last 15 years, a strong know-how has been developed by the SYRMEP Group in the field of geosciences (volcanic rocks, paleontology, structural geology, concrete-based materials).
Lucia Mancini, is a material science physicist. She worked from 1992 to 1994 in an Italian industrial research center. She has been PhD and Post-doc at the ESRF synchrotron facility (Grenoble, France) from 1995 to 1999, researcher at the CRMCN of CNRS (Marseille, France) in 1998 and at the IMM of CNR (Bologna, Italy) from 1999 to 2001. She is senior scientist at the SYRMEP beamline of Elettra since 2001 and from 2005 she is also the scientific responsible of the TomoLab instrument at Elettra devoted to conventional microfocus X-ray microtomography. Lucia Mancini’s main expertise is in the field of material science using X-ray diffraction and imaging techniques and her main interest is the application of these techniques to innovative materials and geosciences. Since 2006 she coordinated a research project allowing to realize a software library, named Pore3D, for quantitative morphological and textural analysis of 3D images. She is co-author of more than 100 scientific papers that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals, co-supervisor of several MSc and PhD theses and presented her scientific results to more than 150 international workshops and conferences.