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


The Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden – Rossendorf e.V. (HZDR) is dealing with application-oriented fundamental research, focused on three major research fields: matter, energy, and health. The centre consists of eight institutes, of which the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF), an institute established in partnership with the resource university TU Bergakademie Freiberg, is participating in EXCITE.


We grant access to our CT scanner equipped with the spectral detector and provide support for experiment planning, data analysis and interpretation. Workstations with specialized reconstruction and image analysis software are available. A fully equipped sample preparation laboratory operated by specialized staff who have accumulated experience in standardizing sample preparation is also in place. 

Details about the Sp-CT:  Godinho, Jose R. A.; Westaway-Heaven, G.; Boone, M. A.; Renno, A. D. Spectral Tomography for 3D Element Detection and Mineral Analysis, Minerals, 11, 2021  DOI: 10.3390/min11060598 (;

Additionally, access to the 2D chemical imaging instruments and sample preparation facilities will be facilitated for correlative 2D/3D microscopy projects.


HIF analytics is specialised in 2D and 3D chemical imaging techniques applied to characterize raw materials. Our unique X-Ray Computed Tomography scanner is coupled with a line spectral detector that can detect the energy of transmitted X-rays. This means, chemical signals from inside the sample can be measured and used to identify elements and to classify mineral phases inside a sample. The spectral information can be combined with high-resolution CT images resulting in 4D datasets.

Science team

Jose R. Godinho
Joachim Krause – Microprobe
Axel Renno – Ion Probe
Kai Bachmann – MLA/chemscan
Roland Wurkert – Sample prep

Curious to learn more?

Interested in gaining access to the EXCITE2 facilities? Please enter your email address and be one of the first to be informed when we open the first EXCITE2 call for proposals. Other questions? Contact us here.

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