Zeiss Xradia Versa 520 3D X-ray Microscope


Materials Science, Life Sciences, Geological Sciences, Devices, Defect & Failure Analysis

  • Non-destructive imaging and reconstruction of buried features (pores, particles, defects, etc.)  
  • Phase contrast imaging for studying low Z or “near Z” elements
  • Diffraction contrast for the study of crystallographic orientation
  • Maintains resolution at a distance for non-destructive in situ imaging
  • Multiscale imaging, characterization of large samples at high throughput


Nancy Senabulya Muyanja


Room G029


Publications, presentations, and posters resulting from work on this instrument should state: “The authors acknowledge the financial support of the University of Michigan College of Engineering and technical support from the Michigan Center for Materials Characterization.”


  • Spatial Resolution: 0.7µm
  • Resolution at a Distance (RaaD)* at 50 mm working distance: 1.0 µm
    • RaaD working distance defined as clearance around axis of rotation
  • X-ray Source: Sealed transmission
  • Tube Voltage Range: 30 – 160 kV
  • Maximum Power Output: 10 W
  • Radiation safety: < 1 μS/hr (equivalent to 0.10 mRem/hr)
  • Standard Objective: 0.4X, 4X, 20X, 40X Magnification
  • Sample Stage
    • Load capacity: 25 kg
    • Stage translation (x, y, z): 45, 100, 50 mm
    • Stage rotation: 360˚
    • Sample size Limit: 300 mm
  • Modules
    • Absorption contrast
    • Phase contrast
    • LabDCT Diffraction Contrast Tomography
    • Scout and scan control system
    • High-Aspect Ratio Tomography
    • Automated Filter Changer
    • DSCoVer Dual Scan Contrast Visualizer
  • Included Software
    • Scout-and-Scan Control System, GrainMapper 3D, Dragonfly

This facility DOES NOT perform experiments on living specimens.

  1. Near-Surface Layer Perforations as Precursors to Fracture in Accumulative Roll Bonding of a Multilayered Metal Composite, L.V. Semenchenko, R.M. Mier, N.S. Muyanja, M.J. Demkowicz, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 2023
  2. Coarsening of Dendrites in Solution-Based Freeze-Cast Ceramic Systems, N. Arai, T. Stan, S. Macfarland, P.W. Voorhees, N.S. Muyanja, A.J. Shahani, K.T. Faber, Acta Materialia, 215, 117039, 2021
  3. Short-Crack Growth Behavior in Additively Manufactured AlSi10Mg Alloy, R.K. Rhein, Q. Shi, S.A. Tekalur, J.W. Jones, J.W. Carroll, Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, 2021
  4. An Experimental and Computational Study on the Low Velocity Impact-induced Damage of a Highly Anisotropic Laminated Composite Panel, S. Lin, A.M. Waas, Journal of Applied Mechanics, 88(8), 081001, 2021
  5. Novel Preclinical Method for Evaluating the Efficacy of a Percutaneous Treatment in Human ex vivo Calcified Plaque, R.S. Chisena, J. Sengenberger, A.J. Shih, H. Gurm, Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, 2021
  6. Dental Malformations Associated with Biallelic MMP20 Mutations, S-K. Wang, H. Zhang, M.B. Chavez, Y. Hu, F. Seymen, M. Koruyucu, Y. Kasimoglu, C.D. Colvin, T.N. Kolli, M.H. Tan, Y-L. Wang, P-Y. Lu, J-W. Kim, B.L. Foster, J.D. Bartlett, J.P. Simmer, J.C.-C. Hu, Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine, 2020
  7. Dynamics of Particle-Assisted Abnormal Grain Growth Revealed through Integrated Three-Dimensional Microanalysis, N. Lu, J. Kang, N. Senabulya, R. Keinan, N. Gueninchault, A.J. Shahani, Acta Materialia, 195, 1-12, 2020
  8. PolyProc: A Modular Processing Pipeline for X-ray Diffraction Tomography, J. Kang, N. Lu, I. Loo, N. Senabulya, A. Shahani, Integrating Materials and Manufacturing Innovation, 8, 388-399, 2019