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Electron Imaging Center for NanoMachines

EICN provides advanced electron imaging tools for applications ranging from materials science to structural biology

The Vitrobot

The Vitrobot™ (Vitrification Robot) is a fully PC-controlled device for vitrification (rapid cooling) of aqueous samples. The process of plunging, blotting, and vitrification is fully automated upon placing a vial into the chamber and setting up the ethane holder. Operation is strictly controlled by dedicated hardware and software, implying that parameters and results are reproducible. This enables a high throughput of vitrified samples, with an easy and straightforward control of the vitrification process.

The parameters to be influenced are: temperature, humidity, the number of blots, and a number of critical time settings.

In addition to this automated plunger, our lab also has a uniquely crafted manual plunger for anyone who would rather perform this process manually.