• Shaping the Future of Crystallography

    Electron Diffraction (ED) is gaining momentum in science and industry. The application of ED for performing nano-crystallography is a disruptive innovation, that will open fascinating new perspectives in particular for organic compounds required in the fields of chemical, pharmaceutical and advanced materials research.


ELDICO Scientific - The Electron Diffraction Company - is a swiss hardware company founded 2019 and is located in Switzerland Innovation Park Innovaare at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), one of the world's leading research centers for natural and engineering sciences.

ELDICO develops, produces and sells electron diffractometers for the analysis of solid compounds enabling industrial and scientific researchers to characterise hitherto unmeasurable nano-crystalline systems. So far conventional methods (X-ray) fail, because they require bigger crystal sizes, which are often difficult or even impossible to produce.

The proof of concept was achieved in 2018 (ETH Zurich, C-CINA Basel) on scientifically and industrially relevant samples. Results published recently (Angewandte Chemie, International Edition) gained significant attention and were nominated for "Breakthrough of the Year 2018" by SCIENCE.

Shaping the Future of Crystallography means for us: We support academic and industrial scientists to obtain relevant structural information faster, with better quality and at lower cost.


ELDICO Scientific manufactures electron diffractometers, i.e. novel analytical instruments used by R&D and quality control.

Any compound requires its 3D atomic structure to become ultimately “fully characterized”. However, only 10% of all crystalline substances are described accordingly. The reason: Present diffraction methods are only applicable to samples of sub-millimeter sizes. ED overcomes this limitation and allows investigations on nano-crystalline systems, i.e. at least 1 million times smaller in volume. For example in drug discovery hundreds of thousands of known but not fully characterized crystalline compounds could be rapidly screened for their scientific or commercial potential. This applies also for many other fields, such as MOFs, zeolithes, minerals, and natural products.


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Other than transmission electron microscopes (TEM), the device is designed dedicated solely to Electron Diffraction (ED; also known as microED or tomography), allowing to outperform TEM in diffraction. With a disruptive horizontal design and an innovative probe handling mechanism, the dedicated Electron Diffractometer will support crystallographers to enter the field of nano-crystallography and produce important structural information faster, with better quality and at lower cost.

Mission Statement

For over 100 years, crystallographers all over the world have been working to decipher the atomic structures of compounds and thus make them available for further processing in the form of drugs, agrochemical substances, and special chemicals or novel materials. In doing so, they draw on the experience of generations and rely on various methods, expertise, and experience built up over many years.

Our mission: Helping to obtain important structural information faster, with better quality and at lower cost

ELDICO provides crystallography the instruments it needs to be ahead of its time. We build electron diffractometers that enable the crystallographer to directly identify previously unsolvable structures from nano-crystalline material. Information is obtained from substances which today are difficult or impossible to crystallize or which, due to their nature and size, cannot be crystallized by conventional, albeit proven, methods. The application of electron diffraction in crystallography is a radical innovation. It opens up perspectives for preparative chemistry and pharmacy, electrochemistry, agrochemistry and specialty chemistry that were unimaginable until recently. In this way, the crystallographer can produce important structural information faster, with better quality and at lower cost. This allows to test new substances for their commercial potential and bring them to market more efficiencly. So he can effectively contribute to put them at the service of mankind more quickly in the form of safe medicines, better fertilizers, more effective energy sources and novel materials.


Our customers are research institutes in academia and industry, pharmaceutical companies and contract research organisations, agrochemical companies (pesticides, crop protection and fertilizer) as well as research and manufacturing companies in the Advanced Materials sector.


A strong team with complementary skills. Many years of experience in mangement, industry and in the scientific field. Excellently suited to master the diverse challenges of the new venture.

Eric Hovestreydt, PhD

Founder & CEO
Chemist / Crystallographer

Eric knows the market and our customers like no other. More than 30 years of experience in product development and sales of single-crystal diffractometers, including application consulting and development of customized solutions for Siemens and the market leader Bruker AXS. In Europe and Asia, Eric is well connected with future clients of electron diffractometers. A recognized expert in operations and sales of technological X-ray equipment.

Gunther Steinfeld, PhD

Founder & CTO
Chemist / Crystallographer

Gunther is an experienced chemist with extensive knowledge from transition metals to biomolecules and a heart for crystallography. As researcher and university lecturer among University of Freiburg (D) he is responsible for more than 30 peer-reviewed publications. Together with Gustavo he is founder and owner of Crystallise! AG. As such he supported successfully the research of multinational companies, SMEs and public research institutions. So far, the challenging projects at Crystallise! perfectly matched with his sharp expertises, which help him to bring the technology of ELDICO to superior levels.

Gustavo Santiso-Quinones, PhD

Founder & Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)
Chemist / Crystallographer

Gustavo is an experienced crystallographer and knows exactly what it takes to design innovative crystallographic instrumentation in order to achieve the best possible results. As an internationally renowned scientists and responsible for more than 30 peer-reviewed publications was a researcher at FU Berlin (D), EPFL Lausanne (CH), RWTH Aachen (D) and ETH Zurich (CH). His entrepreneurial background covers 5 years at Crystallise!, a provider of special chemical analytics based in PARK INNOVAARE and in the Bio-Technopark Zurich-Schlieren (CH), founded from Gustavo and Gunther as a team.

Nils Gebhardt, M.A. / MBA

Co-Founder & CFO
General Management

Nils combines conceptual vision with a pragmatic, hands-on and results-oriented management approach. He has earned his spurs in international management consultancies in Germany. Over the past 5 years he has helped to create and grow PARK INNOVAARE to one of the leading Swiss innovation parks and established it as a preferred location for fast growing high-tech companies. Repeated support for start-ups in the areas of finance, organisation and marketing.

Events | Where you can meet us

Conferences & Seminars

27th Annual Meeting of the German Crystallographic Society (DGK)

25.03.2019 - 28.03.2019, Leipzig (Germany)
Attending as Delegate

Crystallization: Screening, Applications & Process Development

11.04.2019 - 12.04.2019, Barcelona (Spain)
Attending as Delegate

PPXRD-16 – XRD Training for the Pharmaceutical Scientist

09.05.2019 – 12.05.2019, Villigen (PSI)
Attending as Speaker

Crystal Forms@Bologna

09.06.2019 - 11.06.2019, Bologna (Italy)
Attending as Speaker

Drug Discovery@SwissFEL

25.06.2019 – 27.06.2019, Villigen/PSI (Switzerland)
Attending as Speaker

Technical meeting

26.06.2019 – 27.06.2019, Tarragona (Spain)
Attending as Invited Speaker

Structural Analysis by X-Ray Diffraction on Monocrystal and Applications

08.07.2019 - 12.07.2019, Nancy (France)
Attending as Delegate

32nd European Crystallographic Meeting

18.08.2019 - 23.08.2019, Vienna (Austria)
Attending as Exhibitor

17th ECSSC European Conference on Solid State Chemistry

01.09.2019 - 04.09.2019, Lille (France)
Attending as Delegate


04.09.2019 - 07.09.2019, Naples (Italy)
Attending as Delegate

Schweizer Gesellschaft für Kristallographie-Meeting

04.09.2019, Sion (CH)
Attending as Invited Speaker

Automated Synthesis Forum

18.11.2019 - 19.11.2019, Glasgow (UK)
Attending as Invited Speaker

Corporate Events

ELDICO Scientific - Opening Reception

Thursday, June 6th, 2019; 5.30 pm – 8 pm
PARK INNOVAARE, 5234 Villigen, PSI/West, Parking lot; Room: EVENT
Invitational Event


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