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X-Ray Crystallography Facilities

The department recently acquired a D8 VENTURE Photon100 Kappa Dual source Mo/Cu (Iμs) Single Crystal Instrument. This diffractometer is equipped with a Photon II CPAD detector, radiation safety enclosure system, an adjustable Kappa goniometer, and dual X-ray sources (Mo and Cu). SHELXTL based refinement software is used.  The instrument possesses an inert atmosphere (N2) low temperature device for typical data collections at 100K, with temperature ranges from 100K-230K.

(D8 VENTURE Dual Source (Mo/Cu) (Iµs) Diffractometer)

(Internal Configurations for the D8 Venture)


The Department recently acquired a new X-ray facility – Empyrean.

EmpyreanEmpyrean is a multi-purpose research diffractometer that introduces the world’s first 3D detection system, PIXcel3D. Users can switch between application setups in a fast and cost-effective way using PANalytical’s proven PreFIX concept, with no system realignment, and no compromise on the quality of diffraction data.

Empyrean is unique in its ability to measure all sample types on a single instrument, without compromising data quality:

Empyrean can perform preferred orientation (texture) and residual stress analysis using the chi-tilt method. When working with large and heavy samples the 3-axes Empyrean cradle enables analysis of components weighing up to 2 kg. Parallel-beam geometry can be used for the phase identification of rough and irregularly shaped objects.

To learn more about Empyrean: PANalytical