Building and operating a line of 3D imaging of matter on the SOLEIL synchrotron dedicated to structural and functional studies in many areas of research, with a particular emphasis on advanced and complex materials and on the biomedical sciences

The objective of NanoimagesX is the construction and operation on the SOLEIL synchrotron of a line of 3D imaging of matter dedicated to structural and functional studies in many areas of research, with a particular emphasis on advanced and complex materials and on the biomedical sciences.

Nanotomography will advance research in sectors with large environmental, societal and economic impacts, such as advanced materials and the biomedical sciences.

Arthritis, osteoarthritis and other degenerative diseases are the most widespread health disorders in western countries (5 million people in France) with the aging of the population. This situation generates high medical expenses and affects the quality of life.

By providing an intense X-ray, coherent and highly collimated to 200 meters from the source in the 5-25 keV energy range, this beam will be unique in Europe and thus opens a new field of research. The project brings together 14 academic and university laboratories and two manufacturers, Renault and Servier, in a highly multidisciplinary field.

Better knowledge of the properties of complex materials will make it possible to develop new generations of materials that are going to be found in many industrial fields, such as transportation or health, and for manufacturers, this will mean greater competitiveness in relation to R&D activities.