Canadian Macromolecular Crystallography Facility


Designed for complementary performance to the 08ID-1 beamline, the 08B1-1 beamline is used for screening crystals, high-throughput crystallographic analysis of well-ordered crystals and other more specialized analyses. The design incorporates a vertical focusing mirror (VFM), white beam slits (WBS), a double crystal monochromator (DCM) with an indirectly water-cooled first crystal, and a toroidal focusing mirror. The endstation includes a versatile ACCEL MD2 microdiffractometer and MarMosaic mx300 CCD X-ray detector. Like on the 08ID-1 beamline, beamline controls are operated through MxDC.

The 08B1-1 bending magnet produces a lower photon flux than the 08ID-1 insertion device which means that exposure times for crystals on the 08B1-1 beamline are longer than on the 08ID-1 beamline; however, the energy range of this very stable beamline extends to 4.0 keV, where  anomalous and dispersive signals from naturally-occurring sulfur atoms and other lighter elements are higher.

The beamline is additionally equipped with Vortex ME4 & Röntec XFlash 1001 detectors to perform X-ray spectroscopy for MAD/SAD, X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES) and Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure analyses on crystals. Additionally, the endstation is equipped with an automounter robot allowing for remote experiments as well as onsite work. The goniometer is equipped with a mini-kappa device. An HC1 humidity control device is also available for use on this beamline.

  • Status

    Accepting Proposals

  • Typical spot sizes

    20, 50, 100, 150, 200 μm

  • Photon Flux

    up to 1 x 10¹¹ @ 12 keV

  • Source

    Bending Magnet

  • Resolution

    Si-111: 10-4

  • Spectral Range

    5 - 20 keV

  • Sample to detector range

    0.1 - 0.7m


  • SAM Automounter
  • Rayonix MX300HE detector
  • MD2 Microdiffractometer with Mini-Kappa
  • Oxford Instruments Cryojet
  • HC1-Humidity Control Device
  • Vortex ME4 & Röntec XFlash 1001 detectors

Beamline Software


  • Single-crystal X-ray diffraction
  • Single/Multi-wavelength Anomalous Dispersion (SAD/MAD)
  • Metal identification on crystals
  • XANES & EXAFS on crystals
  • Chemical crystallography
  • Powder Diffraction


  • Vertical collimating mirror
  • DCM with indirectly water-cooled first crystal
  • Toroidal focusing mirror


Senior Scientist - Beamline Responsible: Michel Fodje 306-657-3758
Beamline Advisory Team Leader: Miroslaw Cygler 
Beamline Contacts and Beamline Advisory Team Members 

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