Texas Tech University

X-Ray Diffraction Service

Daniel Unruh

Senior Research Associate – X-Ray Diffraction
Office: CHEM 036
X-ray lab: CHEM 005
Phone (Office): 806.834.5990
Phone (Lab): 806.742.4200
Fax: 806.742.1289

Daniel Unruh
Ultima IIIApex IISCX Mini

Three instruments are available:

  • Rigaku Ultima III powder X-ray diffractometer
    • High-temperature data collection up to 1,500°C in air
    • Low-angle scattering capabilities
    • Thin film analysis and characterization
    • Analysis of air sensitive samples
  • Bruker SMART APEX II single-crystal X-ray diffractometer
    • Cryogenic data collection down to -173°C
  • Rigaku SCX Mini single-crystal X-ray diffractometer
    • Cryogenic data collection down to -103°C

Information on access to single-crystal diffractometers
Information on access to the powder diffractometer
Information on user fees (fees as of July 1st 2014)

Instrument status and sample queue 

Single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction service:

  • Sample evaluation
  • Data collection and structure solution
  • New user training and supervision
  • Crystallographic advice

For instrument access or training contact Dr. Unruh. To have access to the lab for diffractometer use, you must have completed the online Radiation Safety Training, available through the EH&S website and have been added to the Radiation Sublicense (contact Dr. Unruh).


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Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry