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  • Lower-cost microchannel plates for sensing and imaging
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    US patent 9,139,905
    • Microchannel Plate Detector


    The invention is a method and system for fabricating micro-channel plate (MCP) detectors. An anodized aluminum oxide membrane is provided and includes a plurality of nanopores which have an Al coating and a thin layer of an emissive oxide material responsive to incident radiation, thereby providing a plurality of radiation sensitive channels for the micro-channel plate detector.


    By using atomic layer deposition to gain increased control, the invention allows cost-effective, larger-area MCP fabrication. Large-area, fast MCPs could have applications in research, industry, and medicine.  

  • This invention comprises a means to trap a large nylon mesh sandwiched in between two Mylar sheets to trap microfluidic droplets. It is also compatible for trapping batch crystal slurry.
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    This invention describes a system for crystallization and data collection of proteins using fixed-target serial crystallography using microfluidic droplet crystallography for the generation of uniform small crystals and a nylon mesh holder for positioning of droplets with crystal (or batch crystal slurries). While the use of nylon has previously been reported in the literature, this invention includes a method and device design for sealing the droplet/slurry loaded mesh between Mylar sheets.

  • This invention illustrates how 3D printing has been used to print extremely thin layers of material in a pattern with specifically designed wells to hold and immobilize crystals.
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    3D printing has been used to print an extremely thin layers of material in a pattern with specifically designed wells to hold and immobilize crystals. These wells can vary in size and shape which increases the flexibility of this invention for use in different experimental modes. A key benefit for this invention is the ability to print a mesh directly onto mylar or other sealing materials.

  • This invention describes a holder that was specifically designed to hold a mesh and sample solution in a simple, reliable, cost effective, and user-friendly way.
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    US Patent 16/903,601
    • 3D Printed Mesh Holder for Serial Crystallography (IN-19-083)

    The invention describes a new sample holder for serial crystallography that utilizes a magnetic compression ring to immobilize sample fluids between mesh. Advantages of the new technology include, compatibility with standard single crystallography mounting equipment, 3D printable, minimal assembly required, high reusability, and cost effective.                                 

  • Control and Instrumentation

    Argonne is developing and applying AI technologies to enable the end-to-end control of large scientific instrumentation and facilities that will help address some of the most important scientific challenges facing the nation.
  • Instrumentation

    The development of new instrumentation, particularly detector technology, provides a common thread that links together a wide range of high-energy physics projects and programs.
    Instrumentation and Devices
  • Instrumentation and Devices

    Argonne regularly invents sensors, detectors and other technologies for gaining valuable insights about the world around us.