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X-ray Diffraction Facility

The mission of the CUNY X-ray Facility is to perform X-ray diffraction on single crystals for the structure determination of molecules. It is the ultimate method for definitive determination of molecular structures at the atomic level for both organic and inorganic compounds. Its uses range from simple identification of compounds to various configuration and conformational studies.

The X-ray crystallography experiments are performed with a Bruker Kappa X8 Apex II diffractometer. The X-rays are generated from a Mo source. A Mo source is particularly well-suited for inorganic compounds containing heavy atoms to minimize absorption-correction errors, though the structures of lighter organic compounds can also be readily determined.




Dr. Michelle C. Neary
Facility Director


Phone: (212) 396-6687

Rules of Operation

The facility is open for crystal submissions by members of the Chemistry department, other CUNY departments, and outside parties. Please contact the facility director to arrange for drop-off of crystals. Data will be collected on a first come, first served basis and solutions will be returned as quickly as possible.



Services offered include:
-Unit-cell determination
-Data collection
-Structure determination
-Publication support

For more information or to arrange submission of crystals for analysis, please contact the facility director.