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Cryo-EM grids available

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Single particle electron cryo-microscopy (cryo-EM) is a powerful technique to determine the structures of protein complexes down to atomic resolution. The sample is applied onto a holey carbon film and is then flash-frozen in liquid ethane.

C-flat™ holey carbon films are superflat sample supports providing flat and even amorphous ice[1]. And: they are in stock for immediate delivery! Learn more below...

Benefits of C-flat™ holey carbon films

Benefits of C-flat™ holey carbon films

  • Super flat[1] – especially at the hole edges where the ice is vitrified
    • For even and low ice thickness
    • For better particle dispersion
  • No cleaning required – C-flat™ holey carbon film is clean out of the box
  • Fast delivery – most standard types of C-flat™ grids are in stock and ready to be shipped within 3 days

C-flat™ Selection Guide

1. Hole size and spacing of the carbon film

High resolution cryo-EM usually requires smaller holes and vice versa. Smaller spacings provide more imageable ice area but larger spacings are stronger.visit product page

2. Carbon Thickness

C-flat™ is offered with a choice of 20 nm and 40 nm carbon thickness:
  • Standard carbon (20 nm) is most capable of achieving a thin ice layer[1].
  • Thick carbon (40 nm) is more durable, and is recommended for novice users, users with large particles, or users who have process conditions that needs the extra durability.
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3. Grid mesh

The Cryo-EM grid supports the holey carbon film on top, the higher the number the finer the mesh. The 200 mesh provides more free area but on the other hand less mechanical support for the holey carbon film than e.g. the 400 mesh. All grids are available in copper or gold.visit product page

Christin Reuter

E-Mail Christin for technical inquiries or further information: xtals@jenabioscience.com


[1] Cho et al. (2013) Measurement of ice thickness on vitreous ice embedded cryo-EM grids: investigation of optimizing condition for visualizing macromolecules. Journal of Analytical Science and Technology 4:7.