First business users can now access to the new ESRF Serial Crystallography MX Beamline

ID23-EH2 MX beamline at the European Synchrotron (ESRF). The beamline has been designed and built for serial crystallography.

« With the smallest dedicated beam for MX at the ESRF, at less than 10 µm in diameter, ID23-EH2 is in particular specialized to perform experiments with very small protein crystals and for serial crystallography »

The beamline ID23-EH2 is equipped with the new Arinax diffractometer, the MD3-UP, developed by the EMBL (Cipriani team).

At ID23-EH2, the MD3-Up is equipped with an integrated On Axis Video microscope, a Mini-kappa goniometer head and a Plate Manipulator, combining synchronized multi-axes movements and a large variety of applications (in situ screening, helical scans, serial crystallography, etc.)

This MD3-Up is the third one manufactured and installed by Arinax in the world, following the beamline P14 (Petra III, Germany) and BioMax (MAX IV, Sweden).

Next one will be installed this year, in 2018, at the Taiwanese synchrotron (NSRRC). As the MD3-Up installed at ID23-2, its synchronized multi-axes movements allows new state-of-the-art applications such as Serial crystallography.

« … with the new diffractometer on ID23-EH2, he can now rapidly scan a large area where he can find the best crystals in an automatic way. This is one of the aims of the new beamline: to focus on really tiny samples in a way that is made available to a wider public… »

The main picture is extracted from ESRF publication on Twitter. Quotes are extracted from the original ESRF publication :