ED-1: ELDICO’s novel electron diffractometer

With the revolutionary ED-1, ELDICO Scientific is pleased to introduce its brand-new electron diffractometer. The novel instrument combines an electron beam of radically simplified design with a precise goniometer down to the submicrometer.

A class of its own, the new tool combines the best of two worlds, enabling diffraction experiments at the nano-scale in an easy-to-install, user-friendly device. Equipped with this instrument, any crystallographic lab will be able to perform routine analysis on samples that have so far been considered prohibitive.
The ELDICO ED-1 combines the precision and workflow of X-ray diffraction instrumentation with the strength of electrons. With ELDICO’s disruptive instrument, the question of the availability of sufficiently large crystals – so far one of the major bottlenecks in crystallography – may soon just be an anecdote of the past.

ELDICO Scientific has tailored the novel tool to strictly adhere to the most essential specifications. The device is a clever combination of a five-axis, 140° rotation, submicrometer-precise goniometer and a 160 keV electron beam with specifically designed optics. This tool makes it easy to produce accurate atom structures from inorganic as well as organic samples within minutes. ELDICO’s ED-1 has Dectris inside: the powerful QUADRO is the most proven detector well suited for electrons. The cryo function, available as an option, provides cooling by conduction to support work at liquid nitrogen temperatures.

With its superior features, the device outperforms any other method used for nano-sized samples. The diffractometer is designed to measure samples in the range from 10 to 1.000 nm and is targeted to provide resolution of up to 0.84 Å with at least 60-70% complete datasets having an Rint<20%. This data typically allows for structure solution and refinement down to R1 values of <10% in 75% of cases, with unit cell determination as accurate as 1:1,000.

The ED-1 is dedicated solely to electron diffraction. With its disruptive horizontal design and innovative sample-handling mechanism, the diffractometer will help crystallographers enter the field of nano-crystallography and produce important structural information faster, with better quality and at a competitive price.

ELDICO’s product and service offering ranges from device procurement and CAPEX-friendly subscription solutions for industrial companies to special arrangements for academic users and measurements-as-a-service – and is thus perfectly tailored to the needs of any crystallographer. 


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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. www.eldico-scientific.com