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Imaging Earth Matters

The EXCITE Network is a European infrastructure initiative for scientists working on unravelling the secrets of Earth materials by using some of the world’s best electron and X-ray imaging facilities. Curious to see more? We can help you achieve your goals through access to advanced technology, teamwork and open science.

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The EXCITE Network makes leading-edge research facilities accessible to all Earth scientists. We connect with you, offer access to workshops and webinars, help to prepare your proposals for facility access, and actively support your research goals.  

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About EXCITE

 

The EXCITE Network is a European H2020 infrastructure tailored to advance the imaging of Earth and planetary materials. Twenty-four facilities in nine countries join hands, committed to facilitate your scientific progress and to bring a positive impact on research, industry, and society.

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Research

The European EXCITE Network offers you a chance to use both excellent electron and X-ray facilities, and to team up with leading Earth-materials scientists. Develop new collaborations, join cross-disciplinary initiatives and execute progressive electron and X-ray imaging projects that help advance Earth-materials research.

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Creating progress

Excite Belgium

The Expertise Centre for X-ray Tomography (UGCT) at Ghent University in Flanders is the Belgian EXCITE network partner, concentrating on giving access to multi-phase fluid flow experiments, weathering of building materials and geomechanical testing.

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Excite France

The National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) participates with the CrystalProbe-Montpellier infrastructure that is hosted by the University of Montpellier. The DMEX Centre for X-ray Imaging at the University of Pau (UPPA) and Laboratoire 3SR of the University of Grenoble offer forward X-ray imaging solutions.

University of Grenoble (UGA)

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Centre national de la recherche scientifique – University of Montpellier

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Université de Pau et des Pays de L’Adour (UPPA)

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Excite Germany

Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden – Rossendorf e.V. (HZDR) and Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) are EXCITE partners, focusing on sharing 2D and 3D chemical imaging techniques, nanoscale studies of Earth materials, data acquisition and crystallographic analysis.

Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden – Rossendorf e.V. (HZDR)

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Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungs­Zentrum (GFZ)

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Excite Italy

With the INGV-RM1 Microanalytical, FESEM/EMPA HPHT Lab in Rome and the INGV-OV X-ray microCT lab in Naples, the Italian Istituto Nazionale Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) supports innovative microanalysis, chemical Earth-material research and 3D imaging and quantification.

Istituto Nazionale Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV)

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Excite Norway

At the University of Oslo (UiO), the nanoCT SkyScan211 and microCT SKyscan 1172 facilities focus on materials application from a multidisciplinary research perspective. The Norwegian Centre for Nanoscale X-ray Tomography (NEXT) of NTNU Trondheim is adding its X-ray imaging expertise to the network.

University of Oslo (UiO)

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NTNU Trondheim

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Excite Portugal

The Portuguese Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI) gives access to both electron probe microanalyzers at Lisbon (JEOL JXA-8200) and Porto (JEOL JXA-8500F). UBI is participating in EXCITE with third parties LNEG, FCUL and FCUP.[MGt(1] The science teams and facilities support routine mineral chemical analysis, as well as advanced chemical mapping.

Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI)

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Excite Spain

The Centro de Instumentación Científica (CIC) at the University of Granada in Spain houses a complete set of analytical equipment and a sample preparation unit, including installations for high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and high-resolution X-ray microtomography.

Centro de Instumentación Científica – University of Granada

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Excite The Netherlands

The Dutch UU Electron Microscopy Centre of Utrecht University (UU) and the X-ray Imaging Facility at TU Delft offer modern imaging facilities for nanoscale manipulation and 3D visualization, automated crystallography and mineralogy, and in-situ experimentation.

Utrecht University

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TU Delft

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Excite UK

The Department of Earth Sciences and the Wolfson Electron Microscopy Suite at the University of Cambridge, support the characterisation of natural and synthetic materials across multiple length scales (millimetres to Ångströms). The University of Edinburg provides access to a custom-built MicroCT microtomography system for experiments and data acquisition.

Cambridge University

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University of Edinburgh

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Excite Belgium

Excite France

Excite Germany

Excite Italy

Excite Norway

Excite Portugal

Excite Spain

Excite The Netherlands

Excite UK

Transnational access

Would you like to access the EXCITE electron and X-ray imaging facilities? A first call for access will be published in December 2021. Further rounds will follow on a regular basis. Click here if you want to learn more about writing a proposal to gain access.

Within EXCITE we are setting new standards in data management. In 2022, we will introduce our open data programme and begin a series of inspiring electron and X-ray microscopy workshops and webinars. Like to stay up to date? Subscribe to our newsletter.

The research facilities and scientific support of the EXCITE Network are open to scientists, globally. Even if you work outside the European Union and its associated countries you are welcome to join us.

Proposals 

Good science proposals need excellent facilities and science support to become great. The EXCITE Network is offering you exactly that: our electron and X-ray imaging facilities and expert science teams help you deliver cutting-edge research projects, empower you with international collaborations and help you to make the most of your valuable research time.

News

October 20 2021

EXCITE Industry Event

October 14 2021

1st EXCITE NETWORK ELECTRON & X-RAY MICROSCOPY WORKSHOP

October 1 2021

The EXCITE Network in a one-minute video

Curious to learn more?

Twenty-four European facilities for electron and X-ray microscopy are joining hands. To better understand Earth and planetary materials and to together unveil the secret codes hidden under our feet. Curious? Like to learn more? Interested in gaining access to our EXCITE Imaging facilities? Please enter your email address and be one of the first geoscientists to be informed when we open calls for proposals. Other questions? Contact us here.

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