SAXSThe Centre of In-Situ Studies at the Kavala Institute of Technology serves the Departments of Petroleum Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Science and utilises many unique techniques for characterisation of materials, one of which is a Small Angle X-Ray scattering (SAXS) apparatus which is fully equipped with a 2D detector, and pin-hole collimator, and is interconnected and capable of remote operation. A Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) which can be operated in both high and low vacuum modes, and incorporates an Energy Dispersive X-Ray analysis system for elemental analysis, is also available, as is a permeability apparatus, and much peripheral equipment.



These instruments are dedicated to in situ studies; the sample chambers/environments can be modified considerably through the use of auxiliary equipment so that characterisation of materials can be carried out under different sample conditions. In addition, it means that there are no time-limits on how long the experiments can take, which is not the case with any of the Synchrotron X-Ray sources distributed across the planet, where groups vie for beam-time.



The members of the CISS group have long standing experience in the area of characterisation, modelling and development of porous materials, and have demonstrated excellent results and research output; the group has published extensively in the field over the past 20 years. The experience of the participants encompasses the characterising porous materials through in situ techniques, development of equipment for in situ studies and infrastructure for distance control of experiments. A vast majority of the team members are also permanent lecturers at the Kavala Institute of Technology, and are therefore heavily involved in training and transfer of knowledge activities.