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Dual-Thickness MicroMounts™ (product ref. CSM004-M2-xxx)

World Class Features
    unlike any other mounts:

✓ Lowest X-ray background aperture

✓ Durable semi-rigid body.

✓ Lower Vibration.

✓ Easy manipulation and mounting of samples from 300 μm to less than 10 μm.

✓ Aperture size and code legible on mounts.

✓ Convenient scoop-like action for retrieving samples.

✓ Reduced sample damage and loss.

Available in aperture sizes of 10,20,30,50,75,100,150,and 200 μm

MicroMounts™ are the world's highest performance tools for retrieving and mounting protein crystals, virus crystals, and small molecule/inorganic crystals. They can be also used for handling small fragile samples of all sorts, including biological, archaeological and mineralogical samples. MicroMounts are compatible with all standard X-ray hardware, and can be inserted in 0.7 mm mechanical pencils or micromanipulators for easy handling.

Micromounts consist of thin polymer tips attached to beveled non-magnetic 0.025" (0.64 mm) diameter stainless steel rods. Their patented design provides an excellent combination of X-ray and optical transparency, mechanical rigidity and flexibility, and precision dimensions.

The polymer tip is only 7.5-12.5 μm thick, less than half that of competing mounts, giving the lowest possible background X-ray scatter from the mount.

The polymer is unoriented, so the background scatter does not show the sharp peaks of competing mounts, and has the lowest possible birefringence.

Curving the tip by wrapping its base around the rod makes it rigid, and provides a scoop-like action in retrieving samples. The tip can also flex and bend flat against e.g., a well or glass slide, to dislodge and then slip under a sample.

A wicking aperture draws excess liquid away from the sample, reducing background scatter and allowing faster sample cooling for cryocrystallography.

Since 2008, MicroMounts (and all of our other products) have been made using the most mechanically robust unoriented polymer available. With proper care - especially during cleaning - each MicroMount can be used to harvest and measure dozens of crystals.

Extremely easy to use, novices can be mounting samples in minutes. MicroMounts make your crystallography pipeline more efficient by maximizing the odds of successful mounting, cooling and data collection.


MicroMounts - our original version for protein and virus crystallography. The thinnest mounts with the lowest background scatter for the most weakly diffracting crystals. Available with 12 aperture sizes from 10 to 600 μm.

For more detailed information on the design of MicroMounts, click here.

For technical specifications, click here.

  • Easy manipulation and mounting of samples from 700 μm to less than 10 μm.
  • Aperture can be easily matched to the sample size, to minimize excess surrounding liquid.
  • Curved tips give a convenient scoop-like action for retrieving samples and transfering them between solutions, reducing the chance of sample loss or damage.
  • Rigid yet thin construction yields minimal bending in viscous solutions and in cold gas streams.
  • Excellent tip visibility at large inclination angles (important when retrieving samples from small wells) due to beveling of the supporting rod. Rods can be cut using cutters or bent using pliers.
  • Wicking aperture naturally draws excess liquid away from the sample, reducing X-ray background scatter and sample stresses during flash cooling.
  • Lowest background X-ray scatter of any commercial mount (roughly 1/3 that of mylar mounts).
  • Precise dimensions for easy sample alignment. Tips are attached to the steel rods with better than 50 μm accuracy.

Ordering Dual-Thickness MicroMounts

Dual-Thickness Micromounts are mounted on solid stainless steel rods (also called "pins") with lengths of 11 mm, 18 mm/SPINE, 19 mm and 25 mm. If necessary they can be cut to a desired length using spring steel compatible cutters . Rods can be easily bent using needlenose pliers to place the crystal in a desired orientation.

The order code is M2-L18SP-yy where "yy" is the aperture size code.


M2-L18SP-50 for 18 mm rod length, 50 μm aperture DT MicroMounts

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