Electron beams reveal the three-dimensional structure of nanocrystals

Electron beam diffraction is ideally suited to determining the three-dimensional structure of crystals (image: T. Grüne, PSI).

In a collaboration with the companies Dectris Ltd. (Baden) and Crystallise! AG (Schlieren), supported by the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI), researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute, ETH Zurich, and the University of Basel have shown that electron beam diffraction is ideally suited to determining the three-dimensional structure of crystals.

Providing a complement to the technique of X-ray crystallography, the method delivers reliable results even with crystals in powder form and measuring just 100 to 500 nanometers across. The scientists recently published the results of the study, which was carried out as part of the Nano Argovia program, in the journal Angewandte Chemie.

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