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Molecular Structure Laboratory

Univerisity of Wisconsin-Madison | Department of Chemistry

Updated: February 28, 2019


The X-ray laboratory provides access to state-of-the-art single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction facilities and offers professional crystallographic advice and services to the members of the Department of Chemistry as well as to the external members of the scientific community.

Wisconsin Crystal Growing Competition - 2019


The 2019 state-wide Wisconsin crystal growing competition is underway. Over 600 Wisconsin middle- and high-school students and home-schooled youths ages 11-18 are participating.

Powder Diffraction


Instrument: Bruker D8 Advance (Installed in August 2012). View the powder diffraction lab live.

Trained users use the calendar page to sign up for instrument time in accordance with our instrument use policies.

All users are required to pass the Radiation Safety Training (Radiation Safety 106).

To become a trained user contact the lab director.

Single-crystal diffraction

Instrument 1: Bruker Smart Quazar with an APEX2 detector and a Mo microsource (installed in December 2009).

Instrument 2: Bruker Smart with an APEX2 detector and Cu conventional tube source.

Sample submission form

Notes on OLEX2 (updated on 5 November 2018) and OLEX2 cheat sheet


ReciprocalNet - the in-house database

Cambridge Structural Database

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