Australian Synchrotron MX 2

Australian Synchrotron
Clayton, Victoria
SAM (SSRL) Automounter

The MX beamlines are general purpose crystallography beamlines dedicated to chemical and biological structure determination. Single crystals can be analysed using single (SAD) or multiple wavelength anomalous dispersion (MAD). Automated energy changes are available (energy range for MX2 is 8kEv – 15.5 kEv), and samples can be mounted using a SSRL robot. Expert technical assistance is available to help users who are not specialist crystallographers. The MX2 beamline is a finely focused in-vacuum undulator beamline and is equipped with a microcollimator. It is ideal for weakly-diffracting, hard-to-crystallise proteins, viruses, protein assemblies and nucleic acids as well as smaller molecules such as inorganic catalysts and organic drug molecules.1

Automated Systems at MX2:
This beamline is equipped with a SAM (SSRL Automated Mounting) system.


Dr. Rachel Williamson

Dr. Alan Riboldi-Tunnicliffe


We recommend the following tools for their compatibility and ease-of-use.

Recommended Accepted*
Puck Style Uni-Puck
Mount/Loop Style Any
Rod Length Any
Base Style B3-Reusable, B3
 *MX-Beamlines Retrieved September 13, 2017.


Sample Preparation Kits

Convenient kits of compatible assemblies of MiTeGen recommended products

Beamline Sample Preparation Kits are available in 3 aperture size assortments based on your crystal sizes and include:

  • Assemblies of 100 Crystal Mounts, on 18 mm pins, available in the following assortment:
    • 20 x Dual-Thickness MicroLoops ™ LD  (5 each of 10, 20, 30 and 50 μm aperture sizes)
    • 40 x Dual-Thickness MicroMount ™ (10 each of 75, 100, 150 and 200 μm aperture sizes)
    • 20 x Dual-Thickness MicroLoops ™  (5 each of 300, 400, 500 and 600 μm aperture sizes)
    • 20 x MicroMeshes ™  (5 each of 10, 25, 50 and 25L μm aperture sizes)
  • Installed in 100 B5-R reusable bases or 100 regular bases
  • Packaged and stored in 5 MiTeGen base holders

Uni-puck Starter Kit 2 includes:

  • (7) Universal V-1 Pucks
  • (1) Double Puck Loading Dewar with Lid
  • (1) Puck Wand
  • (1) Puck Dewar Loading Tool
  • (1) Puck Separator Tools
  • (1) Shelved Puck Shipping Cane
  • (1) Bent Cryo-Tong
  • (1) Cryo Express Dry Shipper (CX100)
  • (1) Shipping case for CX100

*custom kits are available, contact MiTeGen with specific requests.

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