RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, June 02, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — Cryo-EM researchers will get better results with Au-Flat TEM Grids, a unique gold foil sample support with superior stability for Cryo-EM. The Gold Revolution means that traditional carbon films and being augmented now by gold foil grids. Carbon film grids like C-Flat have served the cryo-electron microscopy market for over 20 years with over 12,000 publications worldwide. With advancements in microscopes and cameras, researchers desire better sample supports that will enable higher resolution data sets, collected faster with fewer mistakes. Au-Flat addresses this with a strong gold alloy film that is biocompatible and minimizes beam induced motion.

Improved Data Sets – Electrical charge build-up on the surface of cryo-EM grids results in what is called beam induced motion, or sample drift. The highly conductive gold alloy foil of Au-FLAT quickly dissipates this charge, minimizing beam induced motion during imaging, producing higher resolution data sets faster.

Fewer Mistakes – Au-Flat TEM grids are manufactured with an 80/20 Gold Palladium alloy film rather than pure gold. This makes it simple, with the naked eye, to determine which side of the grid the film is on when pipetting and loading. Additionally, the gold mesh grid is approximately 6 microns thicker than other Cryo-EM transmission electron microscopy grids, making them more robust during sample prep.

Readily Available – In response to the explosive growth of cryo-EM, Protochips quadrupled grid production in late 2018. In 2019, Protochips added stocking distributors in Europe and Asia. These efforts support one goal – to get grids to the worldwide Cryo-EM market faster. Don’t wait months for your grids when you need them now. Au-Flat can be ordered directly from Protochips or from your local distributor today.

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About Protochips:

Protochips empowers scientists, engineers, and researchers to discover and analyze new phenomenon by visualizing biological, chemical and physical processes in completely new ways. We are the leaders in in situ microscopy in the TEM field. Our products are proven to offer an unparalleled view into sample behavior by combining in situ experimental control with the analysis and resolution capabilities of the modern electron microscope. Through continual innovation, we create solutions that improve productivity and generate actionable data to accelerate discovery. Au-Flat is the latest in our series of innovations to improve performance and widen the adoption of electron microscopy.


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