X-Ray Crystallography Laboratory
As of 19 May 2020, the Chemistry Department is beginning a controlled reopening.
- Internal Clients - can drop off samples at my door Monday-Friday, 1-3pm (subject to change). Please email or call ahead to ensure that I am available to receive your sample(s).
- External Clients - please email before sending any samples.
Established in 1981, the X-Ray Crystallography Laboratory provides
single-crystal X-ray crystallographic services to the University of
Alberta Chemistry Department. Instrumentation includes:
Structures may be fully solved and refined by the
staff crystallographers, or may be processed (using
data collected with the facility's instruments) by research groups
possessing their own crystallographic computing resources.
- a Bruker
Duo diffractometer / SMART APEX II CCD area detector system
equipped with two radiation sources (Cu microsource and and Mo
sealed-tube) and featuring a liquid-nitrogen-based crystal cooling
system capable of temperatures ranging from ambient to -170 °C;
- a Bruker
PLATFORM diffractometer / SMART APEX II CCD area detector system
with a sealed-tube radiation source (Mo) and featuring a
liquid-nitrogen-based crystal cooling system capable of
temperatures ranging from ambient to -150 °C.
The crystallographers may also be consulted by our departmental clients
for searches of the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD)
of over 800,000 organic and organometallic crystal structures,
which has been installed on the facility's Linux workstation.
Current waiting list:
Status of Diffractometers:
D8 Duo: OK
(updated 30 June 2020)
Items of crystallographic interest.
Frequently Asked Questions (especially for local users).
Who we are and where to find us.