inside the XRM cabinet at portsmouth university

Experts in advanced X-Ray microscopy

We use X-Ray microscopy to research biological structures, biomaterials and bio-inspired engineering materials

The Zeiss Global Centre (ZGC) is a collaboration between the School of Mechanical and Design Engineering at the University of Portsmouth and Carl Zeiss Ltd. It is an important part of the HEFCE-funded Future Technology Centre.

At the Zeiss Global Centre, we research the competence of biological structures, biomaterials, and bio-inspired engineering materials using advanced X-Ray microscopy.

We support the work of the Advanced Polymer and Composites Research Group and the Bioneer Research Group at the University of Portsmouth.

We also provide excellent training and consultancy opportunities for academic and industrial collaborators.


Our work covers the following areas of expertise:

    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Bioengineering


The Zeiss Global Centre is equipped with the latest x-ray imaging and in-situ mechanical testing technology, and high-performance computing facilities.

We also have licensed software for accurate post-processing and analysis of images.

Additional Zeiss facilities include Confocal Microscopy equipment in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, and Scanning Electron Microscopy equipment in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

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