The Chemical Crystallography
Laboratory provides the Crystallographic Service for research groups at
Durham. Last year this laboratory achieved around 300 completed service
structure solutions - and this is on top of our own usual research work!
The service provides crystal
structure determinations at the temperature range 30-500K using
one of our five available for this purpose state-of-the-art CCD area
These facilities allow fast
screening of samples. The turnaround time from
sample submission to the e-mailing of the results to a chemist takes from
several hours to 2-4 days (in ~75% cases).
The Mo-Radiation and temperature
of 120K is a standard experimental mode.
The service also
provides a number of non-standard experimental
- Various methods of
handling sensitive and non-stable samples;
- Multi-temperature (30-500K) measurements (mainly used for studying phase transitions);
- In situ crystallisation of
non-solid under ambient conditions compounds ;
- In situ laser irradiation of the
crystal for studying photo-induced solid-state reactions and photochromism;
- Various high-pressure attachments.
However, usually we do not provide a crystallization service.
Useful practical tips for growing your crystals can be found in
to grow good single crystals” by O.Chetina.
The service is run mainly by Dr. Dmitry Yufit and Dr. Andrei Batsanov (room
CG072, tel. 42004) who are the first points of enquiries.
The usual procedure of submission
of the samples to Crystallographic Service can be found here.
We are also providing
crystallographic service to outside parties on a commercial basis.
In addition, X-ray powder
diffraction of polycrystalline samples between 15 K and 1500 K is also
Phase identification and
quantitative analysis are possible using this equipment.
Please, contact Dr. J.S.O.Evans for more
information on this service