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NANOIMAGESX at SOLEIL is funded within the French "Investment for the Future" Programme and is intended for academic and industrial users in the fields of life sciences and materials.

label investissement d'avenirNANOIMAGESX, selected for funding in the 2nd call for proposals of the EQUIPEX (Équipements d’excellence, Equipment of excellence) program of the French government, is a project for the construction of a beamline dedicated to micro- and nanotomography and full-field microscopy of matter in native conditions. By supplying intense, highly coherent X ray beams, this beamline, named ANATOMIX (Advanced Nano-Tomography and Imaging with Coherent X Rays), will be unique in respect of sensitivity and resolution.

ANATOMIX will be a complement to other European synchrotron tomography facilities, as well as to the existing imaging facilities and those under construction at SOLEIL. With the experimental facilities at this beamline, it will be possible to obtain both 2D and 3D images without destroying the samples, including in zones that would normally remain hidden when using conventional techniques because of a lack of contrast. ANATOMIX is of particular interest to users in the fields of complex and advanced materials science, and biomedical sciences.

Two advanced 3D imaging stations

Two experimental stations for micro- and nanotomography set up in the ANATOMIX line will provide a variety of advanced imaging modalities and will provide users with optimal conditions for the acquisition and visualisation of the volume data of a complex three-dimensional object.

A wide field of applications

On the one hand the emphasis is on degenerative diseases (Alzheimer's), nano-vascularisation cartilaginous structures, bones and tissue engineering and textures,  the effects of drugs ... and on the other hand on future materials, for example in collaboration with the automotive and aerospace industries.

Science of excellence, open science

By supporting multidisciplinary projects, SOLEIL’s ANATOMIX beamline, will enable common developments essential for image processing and integration of multi-modal data measured at different length scales.

A multi-disciplinary community

Industrial Partners:

RENAULT Technocentre, Guyancourt (78), France

Institut de Recherche Servier, Croissy-sur-Seine (78), France


Academic and Public Partners:

IFP Energies Nouvelles (IFPEN), Rueil-Malmaison (92), France

Laboratoire Physicochimie des Electrolytes et Nanosystèmes interfaciaux (PHENIX), UMR 8234, Paris (75), France

International Joint Unit “Multi-Scale Materials Science for Energy and Environment” (MSE), UMI CNRS-MIT, Paris (75), France, and Cambridge (MA), USA

Institut des Science de la Terre d’Orléans (ISTO), UMR 7327, Orléans (45), France

Institut Pprime, UPR 3346, Futuroscope (86), France

Laboratoire Navier, UMR 8205, Marne-la-Vallée (77), France

Observatoire Terre et Environnement de Lorraine (OTELo), UMS 3562, Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy (54), France

Ingénierie Moléculaire et Physiopathologie Articulaire (IMOPA), UMR 7365, Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy (54), France

Imagerie Multimodale Multiéchelle et Modélisation du Tissu Osseux et Articulaire (I3MTO), Orléans (45), France

Bioingénierie tissulaire (BioTis), U1026, Bordeaux (33), France

Biomécanique et Biomatériaux Ostéo-Articulaires (B2OA), UMR 7052, Paris (75), France

Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse (IMFT), UMR 5502, Toulouse (31), France

Laboratoire d’Intégration des Systèmes et des Technologies (LIST), CEA Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette (91), France

Biomaterials Science Center (BMC), University of Basel, Allschwil BL, Switzerland

Synchrotron SOLEIL, Gif-sur-Yvette (91), France