Crystallography at IMSERC
The Crystallography Facility supports Northwestern's research and external users by performing solid-phase, single-crystal, and powder analyses on a variety of samples such as drug candidates, catalysts, organic or inorganic LEDs, and energy storage networks. IMSERC Crystallography staff provide service work and offer training to qualified researchers to solve their own structures and/or collect their own data.
Please explore the following sections for more details on Crystallography operations at IMSERC:Crystallography staff are available for consultation about any aspects of your crystallographic experiments.
The center currently houses one open Eulerian cradle and four kappa-geometry single-crystal diffractometers, and two powder diffractometers to meet a broad range of crystallographic needs. Most single crystal instruments are equipped with an Oxford Cryosystems nitrogen low-temperature unit, which can run experiments between 80-400K, and up to 500K on one instrument. Additionally, one powder diffractometer has the unique in-situ capabilities to perform measurements from 8 K up to 1,973 K. The IMSERC Crystallography lab is located in BG60/62/66 in Tech.
IMSERC also maintains three high resolution, polarized light microscopes available for student use in the Crystallography facility. Our Nikon SMZ1500 stereozoom and Leica S9i microscopes are equipped with a digital camera and video monitor for visualization of samples. Users can perform visual inspection of their samples with these instruments to assess crystal quality. High resolution photographs can be taken and used for publications or other presentations.
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List of Services
- Atomic structure determination from either single crystal or powder diffraction data using X-ray, Neutron, or Synchrotron radiation
- Identification and purity analysis of bulk samples using powder diffraction (coupled with elemental analysis)
- Total scattering methods for the structure determination of nanoparticles and amorphous materials
- Two-dimensional micro-diffraction of samples with small volume (< 1 mm 3)
- In-situ/operando monitoring of reactions, structural/phase transformations, and/or decomposition of materials
- Crystallization and/or co-crystallization of new compounds