Photograph of equipemnt at the beamline BioMAX

BioMAX is the first X-ray macromolecular crystallography beamline of MAX IV Laboratory. It has been in user operation since 2017. The design goal for BioMAX was to create a stable and reliable beamline that is user friendly. The beamline experiment set-up is highly automated, in terms of both sample handling hardware and data analysis, while also being able to accommodate multiple cutting edge experimental possibilities.

The X-ray beam focus is 20 x 5 μm2 at the sample position with a photon flux of 1013 ph/s at 300 mA ring current. The operational energy range of the beamline is 6–24 keV. Alternatively, using aperture overfilling it is possible to obtain a stable 5 x 5 μm2 beam at the sample position. Due to its extensive energy tunability, BioMAX is an ideal source for de novo phasing using the anomalous signal of heavy elements. Beam defocusing creates a practically parallel beam, which can be used to resolve extremely large unit cells > 1000 Å at high resolution. Due to its small beam cross-section and optional parallel beam, BioMAX is an optimal experimental set-up for X-ray crystallography using microcrystals and ultra-large unit cells. Synchrotron-based serial crystallography (SSX) experiments, using injector or fixed target sample delivery.

Available forTechnique description
General UsersData collection at fixed energy between 6 and 24 keV, detector distance between 126 and 900 mm, beam focus of 20x5 microns, 50x50 microns or 100x100 microns and defining aperture of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 microns
General UsersAutomated sample mounting and dismounting from UniPucks, 29 puck positions in dewar
General UsersSample temperature 100 K; room temperature with or without humidity control available for manual mounting only
General UsersSAD and MAD experiments
General UsersAutomated data integration, scaling and merging. Offline remote access for manual data processsing.
General UsersSX experiments using HVE-injector (High viscosity extrusion injector), fixed target scan using the MD3. Please contact beamline manager
General UsersElement identification by X-ray Fluorescence
General UsersRemote data collection. Please contact beamline manager
General UsersFragment-based drug screening. Please contact beamline manager
See also BioMAX User Information
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