An innovative support for serial data collection from micro-crystals

The SWISSMX CM supports are designed for high throughput serial data collection from micro-crystals at synchrotrons and XFELS. SWISSMX CMs are designed and engineered by scientists of the Macromolecular Crystallography group and the Laboratory of  Micro and Nanotechnology at the Paul Scherrer Institute in collaboration with the Institute of Polymer Nanotechnology at Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz.  The polymer-based ultra-thin porous membranes present users with an effective and accessible product for use at MX beamlines.

Low Background Ultra Thin Porous Membranes

  • Amorphous COC (Cyclic Olefin Copolymer) for low X-ray scattering
  • Microfabricated film with imprinted perforations

Blotting Function

  • Easy deposition of drop-scale samples
  • Efficient blotting to minimize background
  • Hydrophilic surface properties help to retain a thin hydration film around the crystals

Designed to be used at cryogenic temperatures

  • Dimensions designed for fitting in standard (cryo)streams
  • Flash-cooling possible in cryojet or liquid nitrogen
  • Room temperature use possible: compatible with humidifying jets, enclosure possible

Extensive Compatibility

  • SPINE base or ALS style base
  • Compatible with Uni-puck and with SPINE pucks (cryovial)
  • Compatible with a number of sample changers including the new TELL at Swiss Light Source and SwissFEL SwissMX

Additional Benefits

  • High transparency for excellent visibility and imaging
  • Built-in 100 µm period scale

Link to a publication detailing the fabrication of SWISSMXCM Supports:




Universal V1 Pucks and Tools

Universal V1 Pucks and Tools

The Universal V1-Puck (Unipuck) has become one of the most widely used sample storage and shipping containers at synchrotrons around the world.  SWISSCI in collaboration with Rigaku now offer the Unipuck and all necessary tools to the market.  SWISSMX-CM supports are compatible with the Unipuck system.


Product Details and Codes

  • Unipuck Kit Product Code: PUCKV1-UPKIT –  Includes the Unipuck Tool Kit and Unipuck and Rack Kit
  • Unipuck and Rack Kit Product Code: PUCKV1-UPRACKKIT – Includes 7 Unipucks and  Shelved Puck Shipping Cane with locking rod.
  • Unipuck Tool Kit Product Code: PUCKV1-TOOLKIT – Includes Base Removal Platform, Puck Wand, Porcupine Push Tool, Base Remover, Unipuck Rack Tools, Angled Puck Tongs*
  • Unipuck Pack of 7 Product Code: PUCKV1-UPPACK7
  • Universal V1 Puck Product Code: PUCKV1-UPSINGLE –Single Unipuck
  • Cryo Puck Carrier/ Shelved Puck Shipping Cane Product code: PUCKV1-CARRIER

*Individual tools are available on request

Custom Unipuck colours, serial numbers and 2D barcodes/Data matrix are available on request.


SWISSCI Plates: Improvements in Imaging with UVXPO

SWISSCI Plates: Improvements in Imaging with UVXPO

UVXPO: Our Most Advanced Polymer

SWISSCI crystallisation plates are available in 3 polymers.  Polystyrene (PS) is a cost-effective polymer that Is optically clear when using standard bright field or visible light sources. However, when imaging drops using both cross polarised (XP) and UV light, the quality of the image is impaired by the interaction of the polymer with the light source.

SWISSCI’s UVP polymer has been designed to reduce the auto-fluorescence coming from the plate, improving the UV image quality. 

SWISSCI’s UVXPO polymer also has the same low auto-fluorescence while also showing uniform zero background when imaging using cross-polarised light. This makes it our most advanced polymer to date.

More information:

SWISSCI Product Catalog 2020

SWISSCI Product Catalog 2020

SWISSCI Consumables Product Catalog.

We continue to innovate and expand our product range through collaboration. New products will be announced later in 2020.

We welcome requests for product innovation ideas. If you have an unmet need, please contact our team to discuss new project proposals: