Analytical Instrumentation, Methods & Materials
Gas Phase Sample Preparation For Cryo-Electron Microscopy
Inventors: Joshua Coon, Michael Westphall
The present invention provides methods for controllably forming a layer of amorphous ice and other amorphous solids on a substrate, and also provides cryoelectron microscopy (cryo-EM) sample preparation methods and systems that utilize in vacuo formation of amorphous ice and other solids. Formation of the amorphous solid layer can be independent of the deposition of sample molecules to be analyzed using electron microscopy, and allows for the generation of a uniformly thick layer. Optionally, mass spectrometry instruments are used to generate and purify molecules deposited on the generated amorphous solid layer. The techniques and systems described herein can deliver near ideal cryo-EM sample preparation to greatly increase resolution, sensitivity, scope, and throughput of cryo-EM protein imaging, and therefore greatly impact the field of structural biology.
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