The X-ray Facilities provide routine structural characterization of organic, inorganic and organometallic compounds. Our services include crystal inspection and selection, unit cell determination, data collection at low temperature (103K), data processing, structure solution, and structure refinement. We also provide access to the Cambridge Structure Database (CSD).
To submit samples, leave the sample vial together with the signed
request form on the desk outside the X-ray lab. After data collection, the samples can be found on the desk outside the
X-ray lab. Uncollected samples will be discarded after 15 days.
Samples should be single crystals. Generally, single crystals of
organic compounds are translucent and have a fairly well-defined
shape (e.g., cubes, prisms, plates, or needles). Samples should be
placed in a clean, dry, and permanently labeled vial. For unstable
crystals which lose solvent molecules and become opaque, keep the
crystals in the solvent in which they were grown. Please also read
link: Growing Crystals That Will Make Your Crystallographer
CIF files will only be provided during the submission of the paper involving the samples in question.
The X-ray Facilities are equipped with two state of the art
single-crystal diffractometers for single crystal diffraction
studies, with two polarizing microscopes, one of which is coupled
with a digital camera to take pictures of the crystals.
Bruker X8 CCD Diffractometer
Bruker Kappa CCD Diffractometer