Nanotomography Workshop at ALS, April 4-5, 2024

As part of our ongoing effort to introduce synchrotron techniques to the rock deformation community, ISRD-RCN and Berkeley Lab will hold a hands-on workshop on April 4-5, 2024 at the Advanced Light Source, Berkeley, CA. The workshop will focus on Nanotomography techniques in rock deformation experiments at synchrotron beamlines.

Tentative Agenda

April 4, 2024: Background

Morning: Introduction of Nanogeoscience and X-ray Tomography

    • ALS Tour
    • Nanogeoscience fundamentals
    • Intro to practical Nanotomography

Afternoon: hands-on/demo

    • Sample mounting demo/practice
    • Cell assembly preparation
    • Mechanical stage setup and testing in 11.3.1

Evening: Group Dinner

April 5, 2024: Hands-on experiments and data analysis

Morning: Sample scans

    • Sample mounting and scanning
    • Additional scanning and reconstruction
    • Software troubleshooting

Afternoon: Data analysis demo

    • Filtering
    • Segmentation
    • Quantification


Application Process

This workshop is open to all researchers who are interested in conducting in-situ studies of rock deformation, with priority given to graduate students and early career scientists. If you are interested in participating, please send your application to Wen-lu Zhu ( The application should include:

  1. A brief CV
  2. A statement of research interests describing how this workshop could help advance your research

Once your application is approved by the steering committee, ISRD will provide travel support (up to $1200) for your trip to ALS. To provide hands-on experience, the workshop is limited to 10 participants. The application deadline is February 15, 2024, or when all slots are filled, whichever comes first.