Single crystal X-ray diffraction (SCXRD)

3D structure of small molecules

Single crystal X-ray diffractionThe most common experimental method of obtaining a detailed structure of a molecule, that allows resolution of individual atoms, single crystal X-ray diffraction (SCXRD) is performed by analyzing the pattern of X-rays diffracted by an ordered array of many identical molecules (single crystal). Many pure compounds, from small molecules to organometallic complexes, proteins, and polymers, solidify into crystals under the proper conditions. When solidifying into the crystalline state, these individual molecules typically adapt one of only a few possible 3D orientations. When a monochromatic X-ray beam is passed through a single crystal, the radiation interacts with the electrons in the atoms, resulting in scattering of the radiation to produce a unique image pattern. Multiple images are recorded, with an area X-ray detector, as the crystal is rotated in the X-ray beam. Computationally intensive analysis of a set images results in a solution for the 3D structure of the molecule.


XtaLAB mini II   XtaLAB mini II
A compact, easy to use benchtop X-ray diffractometer with the latest technology HPC detector, ideal for self-service crystallography.
  XtaLAB SuperNova XtaLAB SuperNova
Cost-effective, full featured X-ray diffractometer with sensitive X-ray detector and microfocus sources.


XtaLAB Synergy-S XtaLAB Synergy-S
Fast, flexible X-ray diffractometer with the latest generation sources and HPC X-ray detectors, perfect for any crystallography lab.
XtaLAB Synergy-R   XtaLAB Synergy-R
High-flux rotating anode X-ray diffractometer with a sensitive HPC X-ray detector for labs with challenging samples.
  XtaLAB Synergy DW XtaLAB Synergy-DW
Versatile and high-flux dual-wavelength (DW) X-ray diffractometer with
HPC X-ray detector for multipurpose diffraction experiments
  XtaLAB Synergy Custom XtaLAB Synergy Custom
Advanced X-ray diffractometer with latest HPC X-ray detector and a variety of X-ray sources to give ultimate flexibility for wide range of applications.