Review for “A nanocrystalline monoclinic CaCO3 precursor of metastable aragonite”

We are happy that our Medipix single-electron detector for electron diffraction tomography (EDT), helps scientists once again with determining crystal structure efficiently and reliably. Based on their findings, scientists from Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungary, and their collaborators, have proposed that monoclinic aragonite (mAra) is a widespread crystalline CaCO3 that plays an unrecognized key role in the formation of metastable aragonite.
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ASI welcomes new channel partner TechnoS Instruments

We’re happy to announce that TechnoS Instruments is a now a recognized channel partner os Amsterdam Scientific Instruments. TechnoS is a Technology based Solutions company, providing advanced materials processing and characterization solutions through our offices and partners across India and abroad. Founded by graduates from one of the World’s best Institutes, “Indian Institute of Technology”, and supported by highly experienced team of PhD, Engineers and MBA, TechnoS provides technology solutions for the following:

• Consultancy for and manufacturing of advanced material processing & analytical tools

• R&D Services for material processing and advanced material characterization

• Production of advanced materials

TechnoS Instruments
J422, RIICO Industrial Area,
Sitapura, Jaipur-302022

Contact: Dr. Tarun Sharda ;

ASI @ Ichsip-32

ASI will attend the ichsip-32 conference

ASI will be present at the Ichsip-32 conference in Enschede and we’ll bring a demo version of the TPX3Cam. If you’re curious about what this camera can do for your research come and meet us there.

Have a look here to see an impression:

Zeolites derived using ASI detector

An Extra-Large-Pore Zeolite with 24 8 8-Ring Channels Using a Structure-Directing Agent Derived

Researchers from Sweden and China have synthesized a new large pore zeolite SYSU‐3. Continuos rotation electron diffraction, with ASI’s sensitive direct electron detector, was used to determine the atomic structure of the zeolite. To further investigate chemical properties and to study binding interactions, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance was used. These techniques can complement each other increasing output.

Find the complete article on the derivation of Zeolites

Optimization of Medical Accelerators

OMA Fellows join forces to improve cancer treatment beam diagnostics

Last month OMA Fellows Jacinta Yap
(University of Liverpool) and our Early Stage Researcher Navrit Bal (ASI),
along with QUASAR members Roland
Schnuerer and Hao Zhang from the Cockcroft
Institute visited the Clatterbridge Cancer
Centre (CCC), UK to meet with the Head of
the Douglas Cyclotron, Dr Andrzej Kacperek.
The CCC is treating patients with ocular
tumours since 1989.

Building on already existing collaboration with
CCC, the addition of ASI (Amsterdam
Scientific Instruments) to this group
represents another link between partners
within our OMA network. This meeting marks
the first of multiple intended visits, to carry
out joint measurements with the 60 MeV
proton therapy beamline.
Discussion during the visit included the
current status of GEANT4 beamline
simulations and the VELO setup. Further, an
initial schedule to take measurements with
VELO & Medipix3 with the CCC clinical beam
was proposed. As both systems are designed
by the same team at CERN, this example
shows how both devices are applicable to be
transferred from a fundamental research
environment to a clinical facility.

Navrit’s project involves characterization and improvement of the Medipix3 chip, the
readout and control software and a variety of
applications using the chip. Typically x-rays
and electrons are used with less than 0.1% of
the energy than the protons in CCC and
significantly lower flux which presents some
The Medipix3 chip is meant for very different
applications. Thus, it enables direct beam
profile measurements complementary to
VELO measuring the beam halo. Additionally,
it may be possible to measure the Bragg peak
of the beam with the same equipment at
micro meter resolution instead of mm or cm.
These types of measurements have not been
attempted before with Medipix3 detectors. If
they work as expected, this would be a jump
in the level of quality assurance for the CCC.
The group is looking forward to first
measurements which are estimated to be
performed between thisspring and summer.