I use Synaptek (or other specialty) grids. Can I get LUXFilm® on different grid blanks?
Yes, and no. The LUXFilm® grid blanks that are offered provide stiffness equivalent to many commercial grids. You should find them easy to handle. However, our process does not accommodate specialty grids with handles or clamshells. These would have to be quoted on an individual basis. Contact our sales department for a custom quote.
Can I get a custom thickness?
Yes, depending on the grid style, LUXFilm® can be made thinner or thicker to order. There will be a minimum order required. Contact our sales department for a custom quote.
Can I make LUXFilm® myself?
No. LUXFilm® is made through a proprietary process.
Can I get LUXFilm® with holes?
No. Holey LUXFilm® is not offered at this time.
How does LUXFilm® compare to SiN grids available commercially?
The 2mm LUXFilm® open aperture support is larger than any SiN membrane window presently offered. LUXFilm® is a polymeric film, so its chemical composition differs from SiN. LUXFilm® contains C-H-O and N.
Is LUXFilm® hydrophilic?
Yes, most users have found that plastic sections, 2D crystallized membrane proteins, and many other particles adhere very well to LUXFilm®. Common treatments such as Alsatian blue, mild detergent, and glow discharge may be used prior to negative staining. Cryosections may still require mechanical attachment, so LUXFilm® should be ordered in a gridded or parallel bar configuration. Luxel can also perform additional surface treatment to increase wetting. Please contact us to learn more.
Is LUXFilm® electrically conductive?
The films are not conductive per se, however, user input has told us they do not display charging effects in use. If you require carbon coating for conductivity, the films will stand up to this – but, we’d ask you try some as they are first.
I want to do x-ray microanalysis of my specimen using LUXFilm®. What chemical signals should I expect from the film?
LUXFilm® contains only C, H, O, and N. The films are fabricated and the supports are assembled in a Class 6 cleanroom.
What is the export control classification number for your filters?
The majority of our products do not have a specific classification and are shipped with an Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) of EAR99 (not on the commerce control list). For a complete explanation of ECCNs and other issues regarding export please refer to the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security’s ECCN website.