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CHEM8033 Single Crystal Diffraction

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

A series of lectures and demonstrations to explain the theory and practice of determining structures via single crystal X-ray diffraction.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • An enhanced understanding of the basic theory of X-ray structure determination and its practical application to real problems.


• The crystalline state and crystal symmetry • X-rays; generation, properties and interaction with matter • Structure solution; theory and practice • Structure refinement ; theory and practice • Data collection theory, concepts and strategy • Data collection and processing (live demo) • Databases and structure validation

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and demonstrations. Problem solving.

Independent Study138
Total study time150


Assessment Strategy

Attendance at all sessions, Satisfactory performance in problem solving


MethodPercentage contribution
Attendance at all sessions %
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