Crystallography beyond boundaries

ECM33 Versailles in a nutshell: Over 400 visitors at the ELDICO booth informing themselves and discussing the potential of our technology - and we enjoyed every bit of it. The conference proved that electron diffraction is the up-to-the-minute topic for crystallography. With heavy traffic to our booth, a scientific presentation, posters and numerous inspiring conversations - ELDICO has contributed yet again to help popularize this emerging technology in the crystallographic community.

Above the great symposia, the keynotes, speeches, and all in all the stellar knowledge transfer that ECM embodied, our team learned a lot from the conversations with the fellow scientists on what the expectations, hopes and potential of electron diffraction is.

More and more application areas for electron crystallography

We saw a clear mirroring of our messaging: ‘Crystallography beyond boundaries’ as the sought-after applications for electron diffraction surpass classical fields such as Advanced Materials, API’s, or inorganic metal clusters with ‘designer quantum properties’ (quote). Scientists are seeking to exploit the strength of electron diffraction to go for very small crystals in fields like geology or the preservation of cultural heritage. While some scientists are only getting accustomed to electron diffraction, others already lay out far-reaching applications that display mastery of the topic and, consequently, the clear potential of ED in their research.

Pushing crystallography beyond boundaries

Similarly to the dissemination of all other technologies, the scientific community starts with one approach and one design into electron diffraction. The conference however showed us a matured crystallographic technique: electron diffraction inspires scientists for new and creative applications that will very likely lead to differentiated devices and experimental set-ups. We can only embrace that as supporters of the technique and the subsequent dedicated instrumentation. Many scientists want to apply ED to the structure determination of biological matter, i.e. proteins. 3D ED is a is a technology that will develop very far and ELDICO will be a pacemaker in this process.

Crystal elucidation in the nanometer regime made easy

Wanting to display the ease of use of the ELDICO ED-1, booth demos were organized for 3 days for distinct compound classes. The demos attracted a lot of interest not only from those who booked them, but also passers-by, eager to understand what is going on on the screen. Many of the leading research institutions using crystallography along the whole spectrum of available analytical methods in Europe are interested in the potential of electron diffraction.

ELDICO offers solutions for instant access to electron crystallography – also for academia

We want to help scientists get access to the novel technology very fast and many of the senior visitors from academia (responsible for the research budgets) coming to our booth appreciated our advanced financing models that bridge the immediate research need and the delayed budgeting and grant approval processes.

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ELDICO Scientific AG (The Electron Diffraction Company) is a Swiss technology and service company founded in 2019 and based in the Switzerland Innovation Park Innovaare at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), a world-leading research institute for natural sciences and engineering. ELDICO develops, manufactures and commercializes electron diffractometers , i.e. novel analytical instruments for electron based crystallography, enabling to investigate nano-crystalline samples. ELDICO will launch the first instrument specifically designed for nano-crystallographic investigations. Proof-of-concept was achieved in 2018 (ETH Zurich, C-CINA Basel) as part of a Nano-Argovia project of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI). It was published in 2018 and awarded Top 5 "Breakthrough of the Year 2018" by the leading science magazine SCIENCE. In 2020 among other public recognitions on Swiss and EU level, ELDICO took 2nd place in the prestigious Pioneer Prize awarded by Technopark Zurich and the Zürcher Kantonalbank (ZKB). ELDICO’s clients are industrial and academic researchers in large and fast growing industries such as the pharmaceutical industry, the electromobility, and the advanced materials / MOF sector. The company partners with leading engineering companies and component suppliers among Dectris, Excillum and SmarAct to deliver superior performance.