ERC Starting Grant to NanoLund
The ERC project aims to develop a novel X-ray microscope capable of filming processes in 3D, at least 100 times faster than up-to-date 3D X-ray imaging techniques.
Today, this is done with microtomography (μCT) by irradiating a rotating sample with X-ray so that it is hit from different directions. In recent years, the technology has been refined as the X-ray sources, detectors and 3D algorithms have become better. But one problem remains: The samples still need to be rotated, which can lead to damage or, worst case scenario, destruction. Therefore, Pablo Villanueva Perez, together with a research team, will develop a new X-ray microscope that does not require rotating samples. This should be done by splitting and manipulating X-rays into a variety of angled light sources that illuminate the samples simultaneously.
– I will use the new microscope to study fundamental processes in cellulose, which is a renewable material. My hope in the long run is to produce an environmentally friendly material that can replace plastic, says Pablo Villanueva Perez.