X-Ray Crystallography

Our department houses a Single Crystal Crystallographic Facility directed by Dr. Jeanette Krause. As a result of an NSF-MRI grant, the Facility has a state-of-the-art single crystal CCD diffractometer with low temperature capability (down to 90K). Currently we are running Cu radiation, crucial for light atom complexes requiring absolute configuration determinations. However, both Cu and Mo radiation is available allowing us to study the broad range of inorganic and organic complexes observed in chemical crystallography.

A PC windows-based Computer Laboratory was brought online within the Facility. Students are able to solve their own structures utilizing the latest crystallographic software and databases. The X-ray Crystallographic Facility includes the Crystal Growth Laboratory, equipped to aid students in obtaining crystals suitable for structure determination.

The UC Crystallographic Facility is an active member in the Ohio Crystallography Consortium (OCC), and thus has access to diffractometers and other resources for both chemical and macromolecular crystallography. UC has been established as a satellite OCC Facility and as such enhances crystallographic research opportunities for departmental researchers, interested consortium members and other academic institutions and industrial partners. The Facility also is a participating member of the Reciprocal Net Molecular Database Project (www.reciprocalnet.org) centered at Indiana University Molecular Structure Center.

Our synchrotron collaborative efforts through the Service Crystallography at the Advanced Photon Source (SCrAPS) project (Argonne National Laboratory) and the Service Crystallography at the Advanced Light Source (SCrALS) project (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) allow our Facility to provide researchers with many new cutting-edge structural opportunities.