MacCHESS: Beyond the usual

In addition to the workhorse techniques of macromolecular crystallography (MX) and BioSAXS, MacCHESS welcomes experiments that use X-rays in other ways, as well as novel applications of MX and BioSAXS. Have an idea for an off-the-wall experiment? Contact us and talk about it!

Some examples of “non-standard” experiments at MacCHESS include:

-Diffraction from cellulose fibers in plant stems, to determine the crystallinity of the cellulose, for a biofuels study.

macCHESS, Beyond the usual: Diffraction from cellulose fibers in plant stems, fig1

MacCHESS, Beyond the usual, Diffraction from cellulose fibers in plant stems, fig 2

-Diffraction from crystals in droplets in a capillary, as part of a collaborative serial crystallography project.

macCHESS: Beyond the usual, Diffraction from crystals in droplets in a capillary

-Monitoring of radiation damage using Laue diffraction.

MacCHESS: Beyond the usual, Laue diffraction

-Irradiation of virus samples with X-rays, as a test of alternative means of inactivating
the virus.

MacCHESS: Beyond the usual, Irradiation of virus samples with X-rays

-Use of SAXS to study the hydration of gels.