The I08-SXM Support Lab (Lab 52) is located in the Experimental adjacent to the beamline. The lab is equipped with basic equipment for specimen preparation, in particular tools for cryogenic specimens. Equipment available in other labs of the Spectroscopy Village is summarised here.
Cryogenic specimen preparation
Leica EM plunge freezer
includes autoblotting with sensor and positioning control; temperature and humidity controlled process chamber; cryo transfer container; and freeze plunging using liquid ethane at -185 deg Celsius.
Leica loading station for EM VCT 100
This is where the specimen are loaded onto holders, which are then loaded into the VCT 100 transfer shuttle under cold nitrogen atmosphere.
Leica cryo-microtome EM UC7 & EM FC7
For the preparation of semi- and ultrathin sections or smooth surfaces of specimens.
Leica EM VCT100 cryo transfer system
Contamination free cryo transfer system which cross-links preparation units with various analysis systems via a transfer shuttle connected to the load-lock of the I08-SXM.
Visible light microscopes
Zeiss AxioImager M2m
With DIC, fluorescence imaging, dark and brightfield imaging, encoded manual stage and objective lenses with x5, x10, x20, x 50 and x100 magnification.
Meiji MT8530 upright microscope
Brightfield for reflection and transmission, darkfield in reflection, polariser and slide-in analyser, Plan Epi objective lenses with x5, x10, x20 and x50 magnification.
Lab 52 hosts in addition a set of different stereomicroscopes.
Other equipment includes a micro-manipulator, laminar flow hood, glove box, vacuum oven and other equipment required for specimen preparation. Please note that we do not have any incubator installed in Lab 52 at the moment.
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