x-ray nano-analysis and scientific consulting

About us:

We are a company facilitating access to non-destructive X-ray based analytics at the highest sensitivities and spatial resolutions. Bridging the gap between highly advanced laboratory and synchrotron-based analytics and R&D demand, we offer not just consulting services but a comprehensive all-round package. Through us, you gain access to state-of-the-art X-ray sources for the highly sensitive assessment of material composition in both 1D and 2D.

You also benefit from our strong partnership and extensive experience with synchrotron radiation facilities such as the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) - one of the leading X-ray sources in the world. The ESRF’s extremely intense X-ray beam and high-end focussing optics enable unique analyses such as nano-scale investigation of elemental distributions in 2D or in 3D. 

We support our customers with the preparation of beamtime proposals, carry out the actual measurements and then conduct data treatment and analysis. Our main areas of expertise cover synchrotron µCT, nanoCT, µXRF and nanoXRF experiments, but our strong scientific network makes it easy to provide other measuring techniques.


Watch XPLORAYTION GmbH's time-lapse video showing the journey of a sample from its origin to the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), its µCT-measurement, the post processing and data analysis of the collected data.

All these services are provided by XPLORAYTION GmbH.

News and current projects:

"Metal particles abraded from tattooing needles travel inside the body"

27-08-2019: Together with colleagues from  the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR),  the European Synchrotron (ESRF), Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Helmut Fischer GmbH and others we carried out a study which showed that, when using titanium-dioxide containing tattoo color, metal particles are abraded from tattoo-needles and travel inside the body. The study is widely covered in all media all over the world. 

Publication in Particle and Fibre Toxicology: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12989-019-0317-1

Excerpt of press releases: ESRF, New York TimesZeit ONLINE, New York Post, Daily Mail, Spektrum.de, Scienmag, Tribune de Genève, Huffington Post

We are happy to welcome Javier Gerber to our team.

01-08-2019: XPLORAYTION GmbH is happy to welcome Javier Gerber to the team. Javier Gerber will mainly work on high-resolution µCT analysis and computer simulation in the application field of additive manufacturing.

We are proud to announce the publication of Wang, Hesse et al. "Increased Retention of Gadolinium in the Inflamed Brain After Repeated Administration of Gadopentetate Dimeglumine"

26-04-2019: XPLORAYTION GmbH contributed to a study within the Collaborative Research Center 1340: Highly sensitive synchrotron-based X-ray fluorescence analysis was applied and revealed hot spot regions of Gd in mice brain. This study might help to assess the risk of MRI contrast agent deposition in multiple sclerosis patients.

We are happy to welcome Dr. Emely Bortel to our team.

01-01-2018: XPLORAYTION GmbH is now benefiting from the great expertise of Emely Bortel who is joining our team. After doing her PhD at the Max Planck Institute in Golm on 3D characterization of biomaterials she will now further develop our activities in 3D imaging in both data analysis and technical development.

"Scientists find that nanoparticles from tattoos travel inside the body"

12-09-2017: We are happy to announce that we were part in a crucial study with the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) on the transport of tattoo pigments (sub-micron organic pigments, heavy metals and titanium dioxide) from skin to regional lymph nodes by means of micro- and nano-XRF at the ESRF (Grenoble, France). The study was widely covered in all media all over the world. To view the press releases, please click in the logos below:

Synchrotron-based ν-XRF mapping and μ-FTIR microscopy enable to look into the fate and effects of tattoo pigments in human skin

TIME online in HEALTH RESEARCH: This Might Make You Rethink Getting a Tattoo

The Guardian online: Tattoo ink contaminants can end up in lymph nodes, study finds

phys.org in nanotechnology: Nanoparticles from tattoos circulate inside the body, study finds

XPLORAYTION GmbH is now member of the Network for Pharma Solutions - NetPhaSol

28-08-2017: XPLORAYTION GmbH is a member of the Network for Pharma Solutions (NetPhaSol, Germany). We proudly announce the start of „Network for Pharma Solutions – NetPhaSol“. This cooperation network for drug development serves as a platform for research, development and marketing of new products, processes and services. The primary focus are the first value chain stages of a drug development cycle - however, further development stages are not excluded. XPLORAYTION GmbH is now broadening NetPhaSol´s profile with its expertise in non-destructive X-ray based analytics at the highest sensitivities and spatial resolutions.  The initiative will present its portfolio at the drug development meeting „Treffpunkt Wirkstoffentwicklung“ on 16th October in Berlin.   Link to website of NetPhaSol

From the ESRF website:

24-07-2017: "Up to half of all dental implants placed worldwide develop an inflammation at some stage. One of the possible reasons could be the release of particles from the implants into the surrounding tissue. In the first of a two-part experimental sessions, researchers from the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Freiburg University Hospital) and the company XPLORAYTION GmbH are trying to map and characterise the particle distribution in the peri-implant tissue regions.   Link to article

XPLORAYTION GmbH is now member of OpTecBB e.V.

05-2017: From optecbb.de: Optec-Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. (OpTecBB) is the competence network for optical technologies and micro-system technology  in the region of Berlin-Brandenburg. OpTecBB is an initiative of companies and scientific institutions in Berlin-Brandenburg who aim to explore and use the technology together. OpTecBB was founded on September 14th, 2000 by companies, research institutions, universities and federations supported by relevant ministries in Brandenburg and the Berlin Senate. Today, the association has approximately 100 institutional members.