• The new gold standard for electron diffraction

    Introducing the first dedicated electron diffractometer to analyse solid compounds, enabling industrial and scientific researchers to characterize yet unmeasurable nanocrystalline systems. Our device offers high-quality structural information directly in the nanocrystal regime and delivers reliable results within a few hours.

  • Shaping the future of crystallography

    Electron Diffraction (ED) is gaining momentum in science and industry. The application of ED for performing nanocrystallography is a disruptive innovation that is opening up fascinating new perspectives particularly for organic compounds required in the fields of chemical, pharmaceutical and advanced materials research.

  • Accelerated drug development

    Our device enables pharmaceutical companies to obtain an accurate characterization of pre-clinical candidates to confirm functionality as a potential drug. This ensures earlier market adoption, thus saving billions in lead discovery and up to six months for the process, since our system produces high-quality structural information directly in the nanocrystal regime.

  • Pushing e-mobility beyond boundaries

    For energy storage, technology is changing rapidly. From smartphones to electric cars, the need for high-performance batteries is constantly increasing, and research into new concepts is required. There is room for technological improvement, and this is also where electron diffraction comes into play. 

  • Efficient carbon capture - for a better tomorrow

    Accurate atomic structure determination with electron diffraction will be a key driver in further developing various synthetic compounds, such as MOFs: with their high tailorability and porosity, they are unique in materials science and proving extremely versatile for some big challenges in the context of the decarbonization of the global economy. 

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  • Academic crystallography

    Academia is at the forefront of innovation and research. An improved approach to nano-instrumentation with a dedicated electron diffractometer would only drive more scientific progress.

  • Drug discovery and design

    Given that it seamlessly enters the sub-micrometer regime, electron diffraction constitutes a real breakthrough for the pharmaceutical industry, as it opens up possibilities previously unexplored.

  • Battery research

    To further develop advanced materials for the next-generation rechargeable ion batteries, it will be necessary to research the behavior of nano-materials. This will improve ten-fold with an ED dedicated device.

  • MOFs

    MOFs have become increasingly important in the past years, as they enable the unlimited combination of building units for countless applications. ED will be key to understanding their properties.

  • Advanced materials

    Nanotechnology and material sciences are key to most innovations. An ED-based approach to nano-analytics with a dedicated electron diffractometer will push them beyond the present limits.

    Key opinion leaders on electron diffraction

    We are in constant dialogue with research and manufacturing industries in the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and advanced materials sector, as well as contract research organizations and academic research institutes. 

    • Professor Jeroen van Bokhoven

      Heterogeneous Catalysis in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biology, ETH Switzerland & Head of Laboratory for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry (LSK) Paul Scherrer Institute

      ''The continued development and application of electron diffraction is particularly important because it enables structural analysis of individual crystals that are too small to be measured by X-ray diffraction.''

    • Dr. Mauro Gemmi

      Director at the Center for Nanotechnology Innovation@NEST of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, PISA, Italy

      ''A dedicated device for electron diffraction would open up a lot of new possibilities. I see new possibilities in materials science, I see possibilities in pharmacology, in organic chemistry. I see incredible possibilities in the fields where what is critical is the size of the crystal.''

    • Professor Ute Kolb

      Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz Centre for High Resolution Electron Microscopy / TU Darmstadt Institute of Applied Geosciences

      ''In order to solve structures not accessible by X-ray powder diffraction, it was necessary to improve the acquisition of diffraction data significantly. When, in 2007, the first ab-initio structural analysis of barite was performed, I did not yet realize that this would be the foundation for a widely applicable 3D electron diffraction method.''

    • Dr. Bernd Hinrichsen

      Head of the XRD, Electron Microscopy and NMR Labs at BASF AG, Germany

      ''Over the past decades, electron diffraction has been a regular tool in our analyses of inorganic materials. ED instruments with proper, more tailored functionalities are required to adequately address the requirements of the crystallographic structure analysis community.''

    • Dr. Tim Gruene

      Head of the Centre for X-ray Structure Analysis at the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Vienna, Austria

      ''There are many diverse applications for electron diffraction in materials science and chemistry. Heterogeneous catalysts need to be very small to enlarge the relative surface. The grains are too small for X-ray crystallography, whereas ED makes it possible to determine their crystal structure at the original size.''

    • Dr. Lukas Palatinus

      Head of Laboratory ED, FZU, Czech Republic

      ''Determination of the absolute configuration of organic molecules is essential in drug development and the subsequent approval process. This determination is possible thanks to electron diffraction using nanocrystalline material.''

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