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Goodbye ICARUS

A decision has been made to decommission the X-ray diffraction system (ICARUS) in the Crystallographic X-ray Facility. Luck of funding for the maintenance/running costs and very little usage were being the main reasons for this difficult decision. All X-ray diffraction experiments … Continue reading

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RockImager Upgrades

The imager has been upgraded with a new visible light camera . The imaging of plates is now three times faster (4.5 min vs 13.5 min for 2-drops plates). The Windows 7 on the control PC has been upgraded to 64-bit and … Continue reading

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Mosquito & Dragonfly

The facility has two additional crystallisation robots – Mosquito and Dragonfly, both by by TTPLabtech Ltd. See Instruments sections for more details. Book the robots on our Electronic Booking System if you want to use them.

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RockMaker and RockMakerWeb Updates

The RockMaker and RockMakerWeb have been updated to version 3.2. The major change is new GUI. The in-house Rock Imager user manual has been updated to reflect the changes, see Manuals section for more information. Access to older version of RockMakerWeb is still available, see … Continue reading

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Rock Imager Upgrades

The Rock Imager (by Formulatrix, Inc) has been upgraded to its maximum capacity of 1000 plates. The controlling computer has been replaced with a more powerful one running Windows 7. The in-house Formulatrix user manual has been updated to reflect the … Continue reading

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Sample Changer BruNo2 installed on ICARUS

The sample changer BruNo2 (by Bruker AXS Ltd) has been installed on ICARUS. The sample changer is compatible with the Uni-Pucks and can accept 5 pucks at a time, i.e. 80 samples. The sample changer is capable of screening crystals … Continue reading

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Oryx6 is the latest addition to the Facility’s equipment list

The Crystallographic X-ray Facility has now taken under its care and support the Oryx6 crystallisation robot by Douglas Instruments Ltd. It is an Automatic Protein Crystallisation system for protein crystallisation and can be used for performing sitting drop crystallisation, ”MMS”Microseed Matrix Screening, 2D optimisation, additive experiments, … Continue reading

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Pre-dispenced Crystallisation Screens are now available

To all users of the Crystallographic X-ray Facility: The Crystallographic X-ray Facility can now offer a variety of pre-dispensed into 96-wells plates Crystallisation Screens (see the Resources section of the CXF website for the complete and up-to-date list of kits, … Continue reading

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Crystallisation Robotics Room

The old equipment in the room 1.81 has finally been decommissioned (R.I.P. BCX3). This room will become the Facility’s Crystallisation Robotics Room, and its refurbishment is well under way. The new equipment, i.e. the crystallisation imager (RockImager 500), will be installed … Continue reading

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ICARUS Usage Statistics

Here is a small report highlighting the statistics for the usage of ICARUS and for the X-ray diffraction data collected for the period from 1 November, 2010 to 28 February, 2011. During this period we had no breakdowns and only … Continue reading

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