Earlier this year, a study published in the journal Nature Photonics by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln researcher described a material four times more sensitive to X-rays than the compound used in leading commercial detectors.
The crystalline methylammonium lead tribromide, a heavy atom capable of absorbing more high-energy photon X-ray particles, would be capable of reducing the exposure to X-ray radiation by as many as 11 times, UNL’s Jinsong Huang found.
Funded jointly through the U.S. Department of Defense, National Science Foundation and the European Research Council, Huang and UNL postdoctoral researchers Haotong Wei and Yanjun Fang have landed a major breakthrough.
The material could make medical imaging for broken bones or CT scans safer and improve security stations at airports. Its practical uses have gained the attention of multiple medical imaging companies seeking to license the technology to build a better X-ray machine.