First X-ray techniques platform in Benin

X-ray Techniques Laboratory (X-TechLab).

X-TechLab is an experimental platform dedicated to the use of X-ray techniques for scientific and technological research on development issues specific to the African continent.

The X-TechLab Ecosystem

Training on X-ray techniques

The overall objective of the X-TechLab's training programs is to equip the local and regional scientific communities with technical skills that will enable them to use X-ray techniques (scattering, imaging and spectroscopy) as tools to develop solutions to various socio-economic issues.

The X-TechLab is established within the Agency of Development of Sèmè City (ADSC), a flagship project of the Beninese government which aims at creating the International City of Innovation and Knowledge in Benin.

Located in the ADSC's open innovation park, which covers an area of 2,500 m², the platform aims to immerse the researcher in a dynamic ecosystem that allows him or her to interact with many other actors such as engineers, industrialists, students, entrepreneurs, artisans, etc. Research projects applied to the resolution of specific socio-economic issues are designed and implemented there.

According to 2019 data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, of all regions in the world, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of school exclusion. Nearly 60% of young people aged around 15 and 17 are not in school. Moreover, Benin is one of the countries where the disaffection of young people for scientific studies is growing. The science popularization program designed and implemented by X-TechLab aims to introduce youth scholar, through practical workshops, to crystallography and symmetry in order to prepare them to pursue higher education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. 


2022 X-TechLab training session

A unique regional training initiative Advance your knowledge of X-ray crystallography by attending the 2022 X-TechLab training session








The third (3rd) Pan-African Conference on Crystallography (PCCr3) will take place in person in Nairobi, Kenya, from 17 to 21 January 2023. It is organised by Multimedia University of Kenya NAIROBI-KENYA.








Our Partners

We warmly thank the different institutions below for their kind support to X-TechLab.