Advanced instrumentation for complex systems

Immagine Sax

SAX (Strumentazioni avanzate per sistemi complessi - Advanced instrumentation for complex systems) is an innovative regional and national instrument pool for the study of materials and systems through electron microscopy and X-ray techniques.

Infrastructure coordinator: University of Turin.

Main services

  • Material quality control
  • Analytical determinations on materials
  • Failure analysis
  • Identification of particulate contaminants
  • Solving crystal structures
  • Analysis of mineralogical phases, residual stress, grain size
  • Metallographic analyses
  • Elemental analysis of surfaces and profiles of sub-superficial chemical composition
  • High-resolution industrial tomography
  • Diffractometry and tomographic analyses of cultural heritage


  • Scanning electron microscopy


  • Use by external users assisted by internal technical staff (provided by the University of Turin).


University of Turin:

  • Interdepartmental Centre for Nanostructured Interfaces and Surfaces (NIS)
    • Via Quarello 15/A, Turin
  • Department of Earth Sciences
    • Via Valperga Caluso 35, Turin
  • Department of Chemistry
    • Via Pietro Giuria 7, Turin


Paolo Fino, DISAT- Department of Applied Science and Technology