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The SBC Beamtime Request System allows users to view available beamtime on 19-ID and 19-BM, and to submit a request online for rapid beamtime allocation. Beamtime is available to the research community via a peer reviewed proposal system, and is supported by the U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Biological and Environmental Research.

Sample Environment

Beamline Access

Data Collection Modes

SBC supports beamline staff hosting for both "Local" (on-site) and "Remote" (remote desktop) data collection modes. Staff are available for User Support between the hours of 8:00am and 10:pm.


For experienced users, remote access is presently available on both 19ID and 19BM. Use of robot required.

Remote Access
Remote Access

Requirements for remote access.


Backing Up Your Data

Details on preparing for, starting, and finishing your data backups.

Beamline Safety and Training

Required Paperwork



ANL-593 (non-USA citizens)

SBC Dry Dewar Shipping Form (pdf)

SBC Hazardous Shipping Dewar (pdf)

SBC Virus Hazard Form (pdf)

Required Courses

APS101- User Orientation

ESH223- Cybersecurity

ESH377- Electrical Safety

ESH738- GERT Training

Identification Card

Visiting APS

ANL Site Access

APS Site Access

ANL map

Useful Tips and Information

Sample Pins, Robot Pucks

Sample Pin: Choice of Loop


Take care to mount crystals in loops which resist moving in a nitrogen-gas cold-stream.

Keep the “neck” of the loop as short as possible; considerer reinforcing it with 5-minute epoxy glue.


Rigid loop considerations are particularly important with low mosaicity, highly diffracting crystals. Sample motion within the cold-stream nitrogen flow will be particularly evident for these crystals, and lead to to poor quality diffraction data.

Remote Access
Sample Pin: Length


Use 18.0 mm pins.


Samples being mounted by the Actor Robot on 19-ID must be 18.0 mm in length. (detailed diagram)


It is highly recommended that all crystals mounted manually, on either 19-ID or 19-BM, also use 18.0 mm pins.


Pucks Accommodated


On 19-ID, five Unipucks will fit into dewar #01, and five Rigaku pucks will fit into dewar #02.


On 19-BM, five Unipucks can be accessed routinely. Rigaku pucks cannot be used.


Each dewar accommodates only one style of puck.


Sending your Dewar to SBC

Follow all DOT Regulations


When shipping your dewar to SBC please be sure to label the dewar case and the dewar inside with the P.I.’s name and institution. 


Argonne does not accept shipments on Saturday or Sunday.  Please have your dewars arrive by Friday if you have a weekend data collection. 


The following address can be used for shipping non-hazardous samples, shipped in a dry shipper:


Recipient's name,


APS Bldg. 435D Sector 19,

Argonne National Laboratory,

9700 South Cass Avenue,

Argonne, IL 60439

Telephone: (630) 252-0560

Crystallographic Software at SBC

Data Collection, Processing


Structure Solution, Refinement


Acknowledgment of the SBC Beamlines and APS Facility



When results obtained through the use of the Advanced Photon Source are published in journals, books, conference proceedings, or other printed technical media, the following acknowledgment statement must be included in the manuscript:


"Results shown in this report are derived from work performed at Argonne National Laboratory, Structural Biology Center (SBC) at the Advanced Photon Source. SBC-CAT is operated by UChicago Argonne, LLC, for the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Biological and Environmental Research under contract DE-AC02-06CH11357."


Please acknowledge the beamline used (19-ID or 19-BM) and the support you have received from specific individuals at the SBC beamlines (see Staff).


Also, please send Michelle Ficner-Radford an electronic version of the published manuscript. If any patents and/or license agreements have been obtained as a result of your work, include this information.