Department of Chemistry X-ray Diffraction Facility

The X-ray diffraction lab is a multi-functional facility that services the needs of the UT-Austin scientific community.  The X-ray lab has a variety of equipment for both single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction experiments.  Samples may be submitted for analysis to the lab manager (X-ray submission form) or, upon completion of the instrument training course and the University’s radiation safety training course (OH-306) and general lab safety requirements (OH-101 and OH-201), individual users can run their own samples.

Non-UT users should contact the X-ray lab manager for instructions on how to submit samples via email.

The department houses seven X-ray diffractometers.  There are four single crystal diffractometers.  Each has its own low-temperature controller to collect data in a nitrogen atmosphere at reduced temperatures.  For powder diffraction, there are two conventional powder instruments and one instrument, the Rigaku R-Axis Spider, which can be used for both powder diffraction and room temperature single crystal diffraction.

TTF-Calixpyrrole encapsulating a Li doped C60 molecule.
Contribution from the Sessler group, JACS, 133, 15938-15941, 2011.