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Methods of Preparing Nanoscale Vitreous Ice Needles for High-Resolution Cryogenic Characterization
journal contributionposted on 2022-11-23, 04:43 authored by S Zhang, G Gervinskas, S Qiu, H Venugopal, Ross MarceauRoss Marceau, A De Marco, J Li, J Fu
New high-resolution imaging methods for biological samples such as atom probe tomography (APT), facilitated by the invention of laser-pulsed atom probes and cryo-transfer procedures, have recently emerged. However, ensuring the vitreous state of the fabricated aqueous needle-shaped APT samples remains a challenge despite it being crucial for characterizing biomolecules such as proteins and cellular architectures in their near-native state. Our work investigated three potential approaches: (1) open microcapillary (OMC) method, (2) high-pressure freezing method (HPF), and (3) graphene encapsulation method. Diffraction patterns of the needle specimens acquired by cryo-TEM have demonstrated the vitreous state of the ice needles, although limited to the tip regions, has been achieved with the three proposed approaches. With the capability to prepare vitreous ice needles from hydrated samples of up to ∼200 μm thickness (HPF), combined use of the three approaches opens new avenues for future near-atomic imaging of biological cells in their near-native state.
Publication classificationC1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
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Atom Probe TomographyBEAMChemistryChemistry, MultidisciplinaryChemistry, PhysicalCryo-FIBCryo-TEMFrozen-hydratedGRAPHENEINTERFACESLIQUIDMaterials ScienceMaterials Science, MultidisciplinaryNanoscience & NanotechnologyNear-native stateNeedle specimenPhysical SciencesPhysicsPhysics, AppliedPhysics, Condensed MatterScience & TechnologyScience & Technology - Other TopicsSECTIONSSurface modificationTechnologyVitreous iceVITRIFICATIONWATERCryoelectron MicroscopyFreezingIceWaterBioengineeringGeneric health relevance