The Rigaku XtaLAB Synergy-ED is a fully integrated electron diffractometer with a seamless workflow from data collection to 3D structure determination. The XtaLAB Synergy-ED is the result of Rigaku’s collaboration with JEOL, synergistically combining each partner’s core technologies: Rigaku’s hybrid-pixel electron detector (HyPix-ED) and CrysAlisPro software, and JEOL’s long-standing excellence in electron beam generation and control. Using 3D electron diffraction (3DED), a.k.a. microED, single crystals of all classes below one-micron in size can be studied. The XtaLAB Synergy-ED offers a wide range of experiments, including low temperature, which confers benefits such as: reduced beam damage; improved resolution; reduced disorder; and in the case of electron diffraction, stabilization of samples in vacuo. As electron diffraction requires samples to be studied under high vacuum, cryo-transfer - freezing of samples prior to introduction to vacuum - is essential for sensitive compounds, e.g. proteins or MOFs. Combining cryo-transfer with variable detector distance further allows the study of solvated crystals, including proteins, in the XtaLAB Synergy-ED.
Dr Mark Benson
General Manager, Global Sales and Marketing, Single Crystal SBU, Rigaku Corporation
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