New workflow tool available in MXCuBE


A new tool to perform complex MX experiments is now available in MXCuBE

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A new workflow tool has been developed to allow complex experiments to be performed in a user friendly manner through the standard beamline GUI MXCuBE. The new tab has two new protocols available: A workflow to automatically reorient crystals using a miniKappa goniometer and a mesh scan workflow that will automatically centre the best crystal or part of a crystal to the X-ray beam.  New workflows will be added soon including a burn strategy to measure the sensitivity of a crystal to radiation damage and a dehydration workflow allowing complex protocols coupled to online data analysis to optimise crystal conditioning.

Instructions on how to use the new tools can be found here.


Workflows are developed in DAWN (Data Analysis WorkbeNch) an eclipse based workbench for scientific data analysis. The main institutes developing DAWN are the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the Diamond Light Source and is a collaborative effort between these institutes.


The use of workflows in the implementation of complex MX experiments has been fully described in Brockhauser et. al. (2012) Acta Cryst. D68, 975-984, please cite this article if you use workflows for your experiments.



Top image: A Kappa reorientation workflow as seen in DAWN, the result of the analysis of a mesh scan workflow - a diffraction map of a crystal - is shown below