Student Projects


Between March and September 2021

Dominik Etter ( did his Master Thesis on topic of dark field imaging of porcine lungs to boost the clinical diagnostics of emphysema-diseased lungs with non-absorption types of contrast in X-ray imaging. An artificial thorax designed by him was used to inflate porcine lungs in a passive manner. This allowed to image lungs on three different imaging setups – two conventional Talbot-Lau grating interferometer and a so-called dual phase interferometer. He was actively involved in handling and optimizing the imaging process as well as the data evaluation afterwards. His work allowed to characterize lung tissue in terms of their small angle scattering properties in comparison to well defined, standardized samples to allow for a more targeted developments of future (pre-)clinical imaging setups for darkfield imaging of lungs.

In spring 2021

Lionel Peer ( did his bachelor thesis on the optimisation of the biomedical table-top system for high-resolution X-ray imaging and tomography. A Software environment, that was written by him, helped to increase the acquisition speed and overall performance of setup. Apart from that, he was actively involved in the HW design & tests which helped to come up with better parameters of the aforementioned system and resulted in a scientific publication in 2021. In addition, he gained valuable practical work experience in the lab and mastered his team-work skills.

Lars Lenherr, student of the Electrical Engineering Department of ETH, realised his Master's Thesis "A Measurement Control Package for Grating-Interferometry X-Ray Imaging Laboratories" in our group in Spring 2011. He spent most of his time in our laboratory in the Paul Scherrer Institure, where he first familiarised himself with the control aspects of x-ray imaging with grating interferometry and later moved to design and implement a Python-based framework for equipment control.


Our group hosted the Master Thesis of Simon Spindler from the departmen of physics - "Optimisation of a Quantitative Wide-Field-of-View Phase-Contrast Computed-Tomography Setup" in 2020. He worked on a prototype Grating-Interferometry-based Breast-CT system, which he learned to operate and whose images he larned to analyse. With the help of simulation Simon has implemented he identified causes of artifacts present in the images, proposed changes to the imaging protocol and showed that they greatly improve the image quality.

Current Openings for Students

Here you can find our currently available student projects (published via SiROP).