IMAT: Imaging and Materials Science Instrument

Coordinating university or institute

Chalmers University of Technology,



Project description

IMAT (Imaging and Materials Science & Engineering) is a neutron imaging and diffraction instrument for studies of a broad range of materials science related problems. IMAT will offer a combination of imaging and spatially resolved diffraction modes such as standard neutron radiography, neutron tomography, energy-dispersive imaging, neutron strain scanning, crystallographic structure and phase analysis, texture analysis, and non-destructive testing. Examples of fields of study include the non-destructive and in-situ testing of materials for applications in aerospace and transportation, civil engineering, energy storage, geoscience, biology, soil-plant systems, palaeontology and cultural heritage.


2014 - 2021


Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

  • Sten Eriksson, Professor
  • Maths Karlsson, Associate professor
  • Dariusz Wardecki, postdoc

ISIS Neutron and Muon Source

  • Stephen Hull, Professor, Crystallography Group Leader
  • Genoveva Burca, Researcher, Instrument Scientists at IMAT
  • Winfried Kockelmann, Researcher, Instrument Scientists at IMAT
  • Nigel Rhodes
  • Jeff Sykora, ISIS Detector Group
  • David McPhail, ISIS Detector Group
  • Francesco Zuddas, ISIS Instrument Design Group

Core deliverables

  • Design, procurement, manufacturing, testing and installation of large diffraction detector arrays at 90 degrees
  • Design, specifications, mounting system, shielding, purchasing and installation of radial collimators at 90 degrees
  • Community building and transferring of know-how to the Swedish community

Total budget

EUR 1.3 millions


  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • ISIS Neutron and Muon Spallation Source


210525 Imat

Procurement codes

Optics and photonics
Particle and photon detectors

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