• Eldico Scientific AG


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

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

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

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 by Gustavo and Gunther as a team.

Nils Gebhardt

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.

Scientific Advisory Board

ELDICO Scientific has appointed a first-class Scientific Advisory Board consisting of pioneers in crystallography and electron microscopy from science and industry, who will support the company in the development of its electron diffractometer.

Ute Kolb, PhD

Head of the Centre for High Resolution Electron Microscopy (EMC-M) at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
Professor at Faculty of Materials Sciences and Geo Sciences Technical University, Darmstadt, Germany
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Ute Kolb is the leading pioneer of modern electron diffraction. She received her PhD in 1994 at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the University Mainz. This allowed her to work in a variety of fields, such as photon correlation spectroscopy, X-ray scattering on single crystals and powder, crystal growth, computer simulation, modelling, electron microscopy and electron crystallography. Already in 1997 she started to develop a reliable method for structure analysis using electron diffraction.

In 2007 the method for automated diffraction tomography (ADT), developed in Ute´s group, proved suitable to solve "ab initio" crystal structures from nano particles of a wide range of materials and developed until today into a widely recognized method on the brink of routine use.

Since 2001 she is responsible for the "Centre for high resolution electron microscopy Mainz" (EMZ-M) at the University of Mainz and since 2012 she is also appointed as Professor for Electron Crystallography in Darmstadt. Ute is active teaching in international courses and organizing Schools on Electron crystallography like 2011 in Erice and 2014 in Darmstadt

Mauro Gemmi, PhD

Director at the Center for Nanotechnology Innovation@NEST of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, PISA, Italy

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Mauro Gemmi gained profound experience with electron diffraction over the past 20 years. He got his PhD in physics from Bologna University in 2000 with a thesis on "Crystal structure analysis by electron diffraction: strategies and applications", followed by a post-doc at the University of Stockholm, working under the supervision of Xiaodong Zou and Sven Hovmöller on the development of new methods based on electron diffraction.

Mauro is internationally known as one of the foremost experts in the application of electron diffraction to structure solution problems. He has been among the first to extensively use precession electron diffraction to this purpose and is since the end of 2010 responsible for the TEM laboratory of the Center of Nanotechnology Innovation@NEST within the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Pisa, which is a reference center for electron diffraction tomography.

He is author of 116 papers on peer reviewed international journals.

Bernd Hinrichsen, PhD

Head of the XRD, electron microscopy and NMR labs at BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany
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Bernd Hinrichsen has the required industrial experience. As a  German/South African chemist/crystallographer he was trained at Cologne University and received his PhD from the Stuttgart Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in 2007. After 3 years as an of Application Scientist XRD at Bruker AXS, he has been with BASF for nearly a decade.

Bernd heads the XRD labs as well as being responsible for the electron microscopy and solid-state NMR laboratories. The accrued experience and good funding have made electron microscopy a very powerful tool for BASF research. With 12 electron microscopes, of which 4 are TEMs, paired with a combined operator experience of centuries, these labs represent a gem in the analytical prowess of BASF.

Although relying heavily on collaborations with Ute Kolb for microED support in the past, BASF has recently taken up the challenge of collecting and analyzing the data themselves. “The method is on the verge of a breakthrough and will change the world of experimental crystallography”.

Tim Grüne, PhD

Head of the Centre for X-ray Structure Analysis at the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Vienna, Austria
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Tim Grüne is an all-round crystallographer with experience in both chemical and protein crystallography from the EMBL Outstation in Grenoble, Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne and the Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen.

Trained as a physicist at the Technische Hochschule Karlsruhe, he extended his interests at George M. Sheldrick's group of the Göttingen University and now heads the X-ray Structure Analysis Centre of the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Vienna.

His keen interest in development of electron diffraction is of great support to ELDICO Scientific. Tim is also the corresponding author of the award winning paper in Angewandte Chemie Int’l Ed. that appeared in 2018 and marked the beginning of the ELDICO journey.

Jeroen van Bokhoven, PhD

Associate Professor of Heterogeneous Catalysis, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biology, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
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Jeroen van Bokhoven has been an Associate Professor of Heterogeneous Catalysis in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biology since 2010.

He was born December 22nd 1971 in Maassluis, The Netherlands. He completed a degree in chemistry at Utrecht University (Netherlands) in 1995 and went on to obtain a PhD in inorganic chemistry and catalysis from the same university in 2000 (with honours). From 1999 until 2002 he was head of the XAS (X-​ray absorption spectroscopy) users - support group at Utrecht University. In 2002, he moved to the ETH, where he worked as senior researcher in the group of professor Prins. In 2006 he obtained an SNF assistant professorship in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biology. He was the 2008 recipient of the Swiss Chemical Society Werner Prize.

Van Bokhoven works in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and (X-​ray) spectroscopy. Goal is the determination of structure-​performance relationships, which aid the design and construction of better catalysts for cleaner and more efficient processes. His main interests are heterogeneous catalysts and developing advanced tools in X-​ray spectroscopy to study the catalyst structure under catalytic relevant conditions. Their combination provides insight into the structure and function of the catalytically active sites.

Board of Directors

Nils Gebhardt (Chairman)

Zurich (CH)

Dr. Bettina Ernst

Zurich (CH)

Dr. Martin Haase

Heidelberg (DE)

Dr. Eric Hovestreydt

Karlsruhe (DE)

Dr. Gustavo Santiso-Quinones

Albbruck-Birkingen (DE)
  • ELDICO Scientific AG
  • 5234 Villigen
  • Switzerland
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