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Sydor Instruments Receives $1 Million Grant from Department of Energy — Grant will fund commercialization of state-of-the-art x-ray detector technology for advancing the study of material science

ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 23, 2016 – Sydor Instruments, A Sydor Technologies Company, announced today that it has been awarded a $1,000,000 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II grant from the Department of Energy. Sydor Instruments will use this grant in collaboration with Cornell to further advance the commercialization effort of the Keck-PAD fast-framing hybrid x-ray pixel array detector to meet immediate and future detector needs for the emerging applications in the study of material behavior. The Phase II program will advance the Phase I detector design to where it can be readily manufactured to meet immediate market needs and will produce two beta prototypes for testing. The laboratory prototype Keck-PAD has been shown to be capable of acquiring up to 12 successive x-ray images at frame rates of ~7 MHz with single x-ray sensitivity and with a dynamic range exceeding 103 x-rays/pixel/frame, a significant improvement over current technology. The ability of acquiring x-ray data in the MHz regime through direct x-ray detection will significantly improve the ability to study single shot or irreversible structural transformations over current technology and will allow users to extract more time resolved data with high accuracy.

“We are very pleased with being awarded this STTR Phase II grant and would like to thank Cornell University for its partnership and collaboration during this process. This grant from the Department of Energy reinforces the importance of further developing this technology which will help the agency further its mission of ensuring America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy and environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. This technology advancement demonstrates Sydor Instruments’ industry leadership in developing state-of-the-art x-ray detector technology,” stated Mark Katafiaz, General Manager, Sydor Instruments.

About Sydor Instruments
Sydor Instruments, A Sydor Technologies Company (, is a global leader in providing comprehensive solutions for high-speed imaging and diagnostics. The company provides customers with custom diagnostics and ultrafast imaging systems for a variety of applications in science and industry where the highest resolution and accuracy is required. Sydor Instruments offers the best in state-of-the-art technology streak cameras, x-ray detectors, x-ray beam monitors, image intensifiers, photomultipliers and more.

About Sydor Technologies
Sydor Technologies ( is a global leader in providing comprehensive, customized solutions for the most complex measurement challenges in the defense, energy, security and research industries. The company has two primary operating units, Sydor Instruments, A Sydor Technologies Company, which specializes in high-speed imaging systems and diagnostics and Sabre Ballistics, A Sydor Technologies Company, which specializes in ballistic and impact test systems. The company operates in 33 countries around the world with its world headquarters located in Rochester, NY.

Media Contact:
Mark Katafiaz, General Manager, Sydor Instruments
Phone: 585-278-1168