X-ray Structure Facility

The Chemistry Department's X-ray facility offers single-crystal X-ray Diffraction (SC-XRD) services to the NC State campus and other researchers throughout the region. The facility operates a Bruker-Nonius X8 Kappa APEXII instrument using MoKa radiation. The instrument is also equipped with a Oxford Cryostream 700 cold stream for temperature control of specimens from 90 to 300 kelvin. The facility houses a Leica M60 stereomicroscope equipped with polarizing filters, rotating stage and video camera for crystal selection. The facility also offers computational and database resources like the Cambridge Structural Database for on-campus users, and a Reciprocal Net site server.


            Roger Sommer, Director
            737A Dabney Hall


Analysis request form
The facility performs approximately 200 structural analyses per year. The typical wait for instrument time is 12 to 36 hours, depending on usage. If you have samples you would like analyzed by this facility please complete the analysis request form, and include it with your samples sent to:

Roger Sommer
045 Dabney Hall
NCSU Department of Chemistry
2620 Yarbrough Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27695

Specific questions about sample handling and packaging should be addressed before sending materials. Please contact the staff by email, phone, or in person before shipping.

Structure Determination*:

•Drop-off service: leave your crystals and get back a finished structure report.
•Data-only: receive raw results and solve/refine your own structures.
•Unit-cell check: Need to know if two crystals are the same material? This service can tell you in twenty minutes.

Publication Support:
•Figures, tables, structural details, experimental write-up
•Data validation

Software and Database support:
•Cambridge Structural Database, searches and training.
•Computers and Crystallography software available for in-house users.
•Training and consultation for users interested in doing their own structures.
Online resource page of useful links for crystallographers.

Reciprocal Net:
    The facility maintains a Reciprocal Net site server for the convenience of lab users, and
dissemination of results to the wider community.


Bruker-Nonius X8 Kappa APEXII:
    APEX II CCD detector
    MoKa radiation
    four circle goniometer
    Cryostream 700 cooling apparatus
Leica M60 Stereomicroscope
Rotating stage
    transmitted and reflected light source
    polarized light filter
    video and still photo image capture

* Current rates for services are listed on the analysis request form