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The Danish National Cryo-EM Facility - Aarhus Node


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Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) allows high resolution data of protein molecules, other macromolecules, macromolecular complexes or cells to be collected. In 2018 a grant of 30.8 mio DKK (4.7 mio USD) was allocated EMBION from the Ministry of Higher Education and Science – funded from 2015 call of the Danish Roadmap for Research Infrastrucutures. EMBION is a new cryo-EM consortium between Danish Universities (AU host and KU co-host). The National Cryo-EM Facility at AU (iNANO) started up medio 2019 (using existing electron microscopes and facilities). Based on the grant a new high-end electron microscope was purchased: a Titan Krios 300 keV transmission electron microscope with a Bioquantum/K3 detector setup and a Micro-ED system. Installation of the new Titan Krios (Krios2) microscope will finish in Q4 2020 and users can get access to the microscope from Q1 2021. The official inauguration of EMBION is 12th October 2020.

Fully equipped EMlab

An EMlab with the equipment necessary for screening and optimizing samples for negative stain and cryo-EM single particle analysis and other biological EM work is part of the Facility.

Automated data collection

High resolution single particle data can be collected automatically on Titan Krios 1 and 2 using EPU and high resolution tomography data can be collected automatically using SerialEM.

Use of the facility

The Facility offers local AU users, users from other DK research institutions, international academic users (through the iNEXT Discovery program) and industrial users access to state of the art cryo-EM equipment and specialist assistance in a range of areas including single particle analysis and tomography.

Workhorse Tecnai 120 keV microscopes

It is important to screen and optimize samples in order to document that the project is at a stage ready for getting access to the high-end Titan Krios microscopes.

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Titan krios

Titan Krios 300 kV TEM

Objective lens spherical aberration corrector
Gatan 967 Special Energy filter with full spectroscopy (EELS)
K2 Summit electron counting direct detection device (post-GIF)
Orius CMOS camera (post-GIF)
UltraScan-4000 CCD (pre-GIF)
Volta Phase Plate (installation primo 2018)
EPU automated data collection
SerialEM automated data collection
Scipion data processing pipeline

Tecnai Spirit 120 kV TEM

TWIN lens
TemCam-F416 (4kx4k) TVIPS CMOS bottom mounted camera
Veleta (2kx2k) CCD side mounted camera
Leginon/Appion automated data collection pipeline

Tecnai Spirit
Versa 3D

Versa 3D Focused Ion Beam SEM

Cryo-stage for cryo FIB-SEM
Auto Slice and View
High vacuum mode: Everhart-Thornley Detector (ETD)
ESEM(gaseous)mode: Low-vacuum Detector (LVSED) and Gaseous detector (GSED)
vCD, 4-segment backscattered electron detector (BSED)
IR camera, Integrated Infra-Red inspection camera

Nova NanoSEM

EDAX EDS system, Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy
SED, Everhart Thornley secondary electron detector.
TLD-SE, in-lens secondary electron detector.
SS-BSED is a solid-state backscattered electron detector.
UHR low vacuum SED (Helix detector)
Low vacuum solid-state BSED (GAD)
IR camera, Integrated Infra-Red inspection camera

Nova NanoSEM

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The team

Trolle Linderoth - iNANO Director

Trolle Linderoth

iNANO Director

Poul Nissen - DANDRITE Directorr

Poul Nissen

EMBION Director

Thomas Boesen - Cryoem facility manager

Thomas Boesen

Cryo-EM Facility Manager

Jesper Lykkegaard Karlsen - Scientific Computing

Jesper L. Karlsen

Scientific Computing

Andreas Boeggild - Senior Applications Specialist

Andreas Boeggild

Senior Applications Specialist

Ramon Liebrechts - Electron microscopy engineer

Ramon Liebrechts

EM Technical Manager

Pia Bomholt Jensen - EMlab Manager

Pia B. Jensen

EMlab Manager

Taner Drace - Applications Specialist

Taner Drace

Applications Specialist


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