• NSF BioXFEL researchers capture ultrafast molecular motion

    Researchers for years have been attempting to look at ultrafast motions at the atomic level, for example how light gets transferred into energy by plants during photosynthesis. Finally, with the use of an X-ray Free Electron Laser at Stanford, NSF BioXFEL Science and Technology researchers and collaborators from three other universities have been successful in fully exploiting the power of this instrumentation and have created a molecular motion ‘movie’ on the femtosecond time scale. 

  • Phenix workshop at Rice University now available online

    Videos from the 2015 Phenix Workshop at Rice University held on April 9th and 10th are now available online through Phenix developers Pavel Afonine, Paul Adams, and Tom Terwilliger discuss topics such as experimental phasing, molecular replacement, structure refinement, and model validation.

  • Room temperature structures beyond 1.5 Å by serial femtosecond crystallography

    We push the resolution of macromolecular serial femtosecond crystallography to 1.46 Å. Anisotropic B-factor refinement starts to become possible with SFX data at that resolution. The structures show little to no evidence of radiation damage even at ambient temperatures and are comparable to ultrahigh (atomic) resolution structures.

  • Science Director Dr. John Spence named Royal Society Fellow

    BioXFEL Scientific Director Dr. John Spece has been appointed fellow of the prestigious Royal Society for his innovative world-leading contributions to both biology and materials science.

  • Novel injector allows X-rays to map membrane proteins

    In the last few days the ESRF’s ID13 beamline has been a hub of activity as it welcomes the largest team of users in its 20-year history. This international team of scientists from the USA, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, France and Sweden are testing a novel lipid cubic phase (LCP) jet injector in the hope of opening new paths into the investigation of membrane proteins.