Frontiers in Non-Destructive 3D Grain Mapping in the Laboratory

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X-ray tomography for 3D non-destructive imaging has been widely adopted and operated under two primary contrast mechanisms for quite some time: X-ray absorption and phase contrast, which both rely on material density differences within the sample. Synchrotron-based X-ray imaging methods – such as diffraction contrast tomography (DCT), which provide crystallographic information from the diffraction signals of polycrystalline samples, non-destructively and in three dimensions (3D) – were the first to successfully demonstrate results in polycrystalline materials almost two decades ago.

This seminar will present the latest capabilities of laboratory-based DCT. It will cover the recently introduced advanced diffraction scanning modes that address the challenge of achieving true sample representivity by investigating massive volumes of samples at an unprecedented scale. It will further demonstrate applications use cases of extremely large volume grain mapping on a wide variety of materials ranging from metals, ceramics and geomaterials. Finally, it will present some unique correlative workflows spanning across X-ray microscopy, non-destructive grain mapping combined with high resolution scanning electron microscopy to get valuable insights into the multiscale material microstructure.

Who should attend

This seminar is designed for researchers and students working in the field of materials science and focusing on grain imaging.


  • Significance of true sample representivity and how new non-destructive methods can address this critical challenge
  • How X-rays can be used for mapping grains in 3D non-destructively in a home laboratory
  • What future directions lab-based DCT and other grain mapping workflows hold for Materials Science?
  • How the destructive and non-destructive approaches can be combined to gain unique insights into a materials science sample


  • Dr. Hrishikesh Bale, Solutions Manager, Engineering Materials, Carl Zeiss Microscopy Inc, Pleasanton, CA
  • Dr. Erik Lauridsen, CEO, Xnovo Technology ApS, Køge, Denmark


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