BILBO - BIo-crystaLlography Beamline for structural studies. Two independent end stations will enable measurements using various techniques:
- single crystal diffraction (in particular macromolecular crystallography - MX),
- small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS)
- powder diffractometry.
The beamline will enable basic and applied studies, such as:
- determination of spatial structures of biological macromolecules (proteins, complexes of proteins with biologically active compounds, nucleic acids and their complexes, and even viruses);
- studies on atomic structures of various crystalline materials;
- studies on crystal structures of functional materials under high pressure;
- characterizations of structural phase transitions induced by high pressure or temperature (including biologically active compounds for pharmaceutical applications, nanomaterials, polymers, liquid crystals);
- analyses of low-resolution structures in solutions of macromolecular systems (protein complexes, intrinsically disordered proteins, membrane proteins, viruses and virus-like particles, biological membranes, nucleic acids or drug delivery systems);
- studies on molecular organization of disordered or partially ordered systems (natural and synthetic polymers, nanocomposites, glasses, lipids, liquid crystals, porous materials, molecular sieves, etc.).
The construction of the beamline will involve the extension of the SOLARIS Centre's experimental hall. The investment’s completion is planned for 2022. The BILBO beamline will be built thanks to the cooperation of the Jagiellonian University with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna.