Welcome to the X-ray Research Facilities at the Department of Chemistry, the University of Chicago

The X-ray Research facilities support the University of Chicago research by providing access to the state-of-the-art X-ray diffraction, scattering and spectrosopy techniques. We offer professional advice and services to the university of Chicago members as well as to external members of the scientific community.

We perform routine and non-routine small-molecule single-crystal X-ray structure determination and X-ray powder diffraction analysis for a variety of samples. Small angle scattering techinque can be used to probe a broad range of particle sizes starting from a few nanometers. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy is utilized for analysis of the surface chemistry and X-ray Fluorescence is used for elemental analysis of bulk materials.

We also closely collaborate and conduct sophisticated X-ray scattering experiments at Advanced Photon Source (Argonne National Laboratory) or neutron scattering experiments at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Spallation Neutron Source).

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“If the hand be held between the discharge-tube and the screen, the darker shadow of the bones is seen within the slightly dark shadow-image of the hand itself… For brevity’s sake I shall use the expression ‘rays’; and to distinguish them from others of this name I shall call them ‘X-rays’.” – Wilhelm Röntgen (On a New Kind of Rays, 1895)

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