Instrumentation and applications for ED: a paper from Tim Gruene and Enrico Mugnaioli

Tim Gruene and Enrico Mugnaioli have co-published an insightful analysis on the latest developments in electron diffraction, both technique and instrumentation-wise. This well-documented paper re-enforces how important electron diffraction has become in the last months and connects the dots between industries, research subjects and the availability of proper instrumentation for nano-crystallography.

The two researchers have already presented during ELDICO’s ‘ED applied’ webinars. You can watch the recordings here.

The paper aims to fill the gap between users, technique, and instrumentation. In the last years we have witnessed an increase in the number of publications that share excellent results based on crystal structure determination by electron diffraction. Consequently, there is a need for a structured approach in offering general and practical information to structural chemists that might be interested to tackle the emerging field of electron diffraction.

What are the practical differences between technical characteristics of electron microscopes and electron diffractometers, also between X-ray and electron crystallography? Are there research aspects that are only accessible via electron diffraction and how does the technique complement X-ray diffraction? What are the papers that show results obtained with electron diffraction recently? These questions and many more are discussed in this extensive paper that can be read entirely here.

We thank the authors for mentioning ELDICO Scientific AG as an electron diffractometer manufacturer and the excellent analysis on the disruptive technique.

ELDICO Scientific presented its device during the ECM 2019. It was in Vienna when the first worldwide electron diffractometer concept was made public. Two years later, in Prague, during the IUCr Congress 2021 we unveiled the commercially available ED-1. If you want to learn more about the ELDICO ED-1, read this article or check the specs here

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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.