About the chemical imaging infrastructure

The infrastructure offers a wide range of tools for analytical questions within materials science, geoscience and life science. The multimodal imaging capabilities makes CII unique in that we have tools and competence for both MALDI and static SIMS imaging. 

Internationally we have a world leading equipment base backed up by internationally recognised experts in the development and application of SIMS. CII is hosted by the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers.

Vision and purpose

The imaging mass spectrometry infrastructure at Chalmers University of Technology aims to be an extensive molecular and elemental imaging platform with a focus on both bioimaging and materials science. The purpose of the infrastructure is to:

  1. Provide access to world-class molecular and elemental imaging technologies to researchers in academia and industry in accordance to the criteria set up by Chalmers research infrastructure: Principles and governance.
  2. Be World leading when it comes to instrument development and advances in multi-modal high resolution imaging creating new analytical possibilities and reaching beyond the traditional limits of for imaging mass spectrometry.
  3. Focus on new analytical approaches: optimizing analytical tasks for industry and academia engaging new users and making imaging mass spectrometry available for more users
  4. Continuously attract new users by outreach, industry site visits, workshops and conferences.


The oversight board will guarantee a national perspective on the operation and development of the platform. The board will be responsible for strategic decisions, including future priories and development of the service offered. The committee will be in charge of project selection. Project selection can however be outsourced to a selection committee.

Steering committee

Members of the steering committee shall represent the founder of the infrastructure, hosting universities and national experts in the field. There shall be at least one representative from Swedish industry on the board. The director will be co-opted to the oversight board.

The oversight board will meet every twice a year to provide feedback on the quality of operation and report to the host departments.


Criteras for Chalmers research infrastructures

To obtain and sustain the status as a Chalmers infrastructure the facility fulfills the following criteria:

  • Have a broad user base: be of interest and used by several research groups, from different divisions, at Chalmers.
  • Be owned or controlled, fully or partly, by Chalmers, and organizationally and economically decoupled from research divisions.
  • Provide access to all Chalmers researchers. All researchers at Chalmers must be treated equally with respect to user fees and conditions.
  • Provide user support in terms of training on how to use the infrastructure.
  • Have a clear vision and purpose, with focus and limitation.
  • Have a long term planning concerning its impact on research including the integration with education and innovation, and its development (keeping up with state of the art).
  • Have a long term planning concerning financing, use, upgrades, evaluation and decommissioning.
  • Have a clear and efficient management and organization.
  • Be followed up annually, within Chalmers’ yearly planning process, with respect to the above criteria.