Sample Preparation and Characterisation Facility

The SPC facility is located directly next to the EMBL beamlines at the PETRA III synchrotron. We offer a pipeline from the lab bench to our MX and SAXS beamlines, helping you to optimize and prepare your samples for structural studies.

High-Throughput Crystallization Facility

Our high-throughput crystallization laboratory offers initial crystallization screens from various suppliers as well as customized screens for optimization of initial hits, both suitable for soluble and membrane proteins. Drops are set with nanolitre dispensing robots; the TTP’s MOSQUITO equipped with an LCP (Lipidic Cubic Phase) module. Online observation of the plates is possible via the Crystallization Information Management System (CRIMS), which makes results available to users in real-time, along with all experimental parameters. We offer the CrystalDirect® technology, able to harvest protein crystals from 96-well CrystalDirectTM plates by means of laser photoablation.

Molecular Biophysics Facility

Our protein characterization platform is located on the Center for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB) and connected to our HTX facility by a science bridge. It includes several biophysical instruments available for in-house and external users. We offer services for protein quality control in addition to characterization techniques for interaction of biomolecules. Techniques available at the SPC: MS MALDI coupled to a high mass detector, Thermofluor (TF), Circular Dichroism (CD), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Isothermal Titration Calorimetry (ITC), nano Differential Scanning Fluorimetry (nDSF), Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR), Biolayer interferometry (Octet), Microscale Thermophoresis (MST) and Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS).

Access to SAXS and MX

We offer a direct access streamline to perform SAXS and MX batch measurements. Please contact the SPC for information regarding schedule and sample preparation



Please address all email correspondence to spc@embl-hamburg.de

Shipping address

Sample Preparation and Characterisation facility
Notkestrasse 85, Build. 25a
22607 Hamburg

Phone: +49 40 89902 147 (laboratory)
Fax: +49 40 89902 149

Visiting address:
The integrated SPC facility is located next to the PETRA beamlines, in the 48e building, ground floor.