X-Ray Diffraction Facility

X-ray crystallography is one of the most powerful analytical tools in the modern chemists’ toolbox. Single crystal diffraction experiments provide molecular structures that give information about inter- and intramolecular interactions, absolute configuration of chiral compounds, and provide 3-D structural models. Powder diffraction experiments are routinely used to identify unknown phases and check the phase purity of bulk materials. X-ray diffraction has applications in organic, inorganic, materials, and biochemical research areas.

The Department of Chemistry at Georgetown University has three well-equipped labs with state-of-the-art instrumentation. GU Chemistry researchers are encouraged to become trained instrument users and learn the art of structure solution and refinement. For more details about the facility and its services, contact Dr. Jeff Bertke.