Scientific Director(s): 
Zuleima Karpyn, Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
Tim Ryan, Associate Professor of Anthropology
416 Academic Activities Building, University Park, PA 16802

Construction Detour

Due to construction, the route to the Center for Quantitative Imaging (CQI) has been altered. Updated drop-off instructions with map.

X-Ray CT Instrumentation

The Center for Quantitative Imaging (CQI) is a multi-user research facility designed to serve the microCT imaging needs of the Pennsylvania State University and the broader scientific community. This facility houses a state-of-the art General Electric v|tome|x L300 nano/microCT that offers high resolution imaging with feature detectability of 1 micron, and 1200 mm maximum sample height.

In addition to the GE nano/microCT, CQI acquired a new Zeiss Xradia Versa 620, coming October 2020. The Versa will provide 40 nm voxel resolution, 100 mm maximum sample width, and 300 mm maximum sample height. This non-destructive systems provides three-dimensional imaging of biotic and abiotic materials, data output is quantitative and can serve as input for numerical modeling. CQI focuses on two main areas of research: monitoring internal processes in experimental systems and characterizing complex 3D structure and material composition in natural and synthetic systems. 

Dynamic Scanning Environment: Instrumentation

  • High pressure pumps
  • Vacuum pumps
  • Pressure vessels
  • Core holders
  • Fluid and gas flow
  • Heating and Cooling
  • Loading/tensile device
  • Machine shope


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Sample Submission

COVID-19 Return to Research

During COVID-19 pandemic and the return to research, please use the Submission Form for samples

Internal Rate: 
Instrument time: $105.00/hr, Operator time: $49.53/hr.
External Academic Rate: 
Instrument time: $178.94/hr, Operator time: $79.18/hr.
External Non-Academic Rate: 
Instrument time: $184.53/hr, Operator time: $81.66/hr.