X-Raying the Bio-Imaging Field

Exhibitors preparing for the opening of the Bio-XFEL workshop (image courtesy of the Science and Technology Facilities Council).

Exhibitors preparing for the opening of the Bio-XFEL workshop (image courtesy of the Science and Technology Facilities Council).

The Linkam team are always looking for engaging and dynamic shows to showcase our wide range of stages. Last month we visited the Diamond Light UK Bio-XFEL Single Particle Imaging Workshop in Didcot, the home of the UK’s largest synchrotron. 

X-ray Free Electron Lasers are electrons which have been accelerated close to the speed of light. The frequency of these waves lies within the range of x-rays, 3×10 16 Hz to 3×10 19 Hz. This beam of tiny particles releases packets of energy, and this radiation has many different practical applications.

The energy released by these waves is powerful enough to image bio-molecules, this in turn eliminates the need of crystallisation methods to determine 3D macromolecular structures.

Speakers from all over the globe came to deliver cutting-edge talks in biological imaging. An interesting range of talks were delivered, such as Changyong Song’s “XFEL single-shot imaging of specimens on fixed targets” and Helen Saibil’s “Single particle cryo-EM of macromolecular machines”. 

We would like to thank the organisers for holding such an insightful show and we look forward to seeing you all soon at the next Bio-imaging event.