• Eldico Scientific AG


ELDICO Scientific – the Electron Diffraction Company – is a Swiss instruments, systems and service 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. The results published (Angewandte Chemie, International Edition) gained significant attention and were nominated for “Breakthrough of the Year 2018” by SCIENCE, a leading science magazine. 

For us, shaping the future of crystallography means we support academic and industrial scientists in their quest to obtain relevant structural information faster, with better quality and at lower cost.

ELDICO’s mission

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 have drawn on the experience of generations, relying on various methods, expertise and experience built up over many years.

Helping obtain important structural information faster, with better quality and at lower cost

ELDICO provides crystallography with 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 nanocrystalline material. Information is obtained from substances that are presently 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, crystallographers can produce important structural information faster, with better quality and at lower cost. This makes it possible to test new substances for their commercial potential and bring them to market more efficiently. These substances, in turn, can effectively be put to the service of mankind more quickly in the form of safe medicines, better fertilizers, more effective energy sources and novel materials.

Where you can find us

Our company is based in Villigen, Switzerland, at the Paul Scherrer Institute’s Park Innovaare, with additional manufacturing partners in Germany and sales operations in the Netherlands. The first device has been set up in Basel, where we have established our Experience Center to further promote the potential of electron diffraction. The members of our academic-industrial consortium benefit from electron diffraction cutting-edge technology, at very competitive prices per measurement. Drop us a line to find out more!


Aargau, Switzerland

Next to the famous Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), ELDICO’s headquarters in the vibrant ecosystem of Switzerlands largest research center for natural and engineering sciences.

Customer Experience Center

Basel, Switzerland

ELDICO’s Customer Experience Center (opening soon) is located in Basel, one of the globally leading hubs of pharmaceutical research, just 20 minutes away from the international airport. 

Manufacturing facility

Cologne, Germany

ELDICO runs a manufacturing center at the premises of its partner Axilon AG in Cologne, a leading supplier of for sophisticated X-ray and optical instrumentation.

  • ELDICO Scientific AG
  • 5234 Villigen
  • Switzerland