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The Rigaku XtaLAB mini II: A Way to Publish Great Structures with a Simple and Affordable Benchtop X-ray Diffractometer
The Rigaku XtaLAB mini II is a very easy-to-use and affordable benchtop X-ray diffractometer that represents the perfect addition to any synthetic chemistry laboratory. Thanks to a small footprint and lightweight (100 kg), it fits on a desk or a table, and it requires virtually no maintenance. The X-ray source, a standard off-the-shelf fine-focus sealed tube using molybdenum radiation and running at low power (600 W) combined with a specially-designed SHINE optic produces an X-ray beam suitable for data collection on most small molecule samples. Diffraction data are recorded using the latest and best detector technology currently available: the Hybrid Photon Counting (HPC) technology. HPC detectors have many attractive features such as very high quantum efficiency, top-hat point spread function, and almost no electronic noise while running at ambient temperature and thus requiring no maintenance.
Despite its simplicity and affordability, the XtaLAB mini II makes no compromise on the research-grade results it produces. To demonstrate it, we will perform a live analysis of an organic crystal of cytidine, using the Rigaku program CrysAlisᴾʳᵒ for screening and data collection/processing and Olex2 software for structure solution and refinement. All steps will be covered, from crystal centering on the goniometer to running CheckCif on the final model and preparing necessary files for IUCr submission.
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