Welcome to the Brandeis X-ray Structure Determination Facility!


Users within the University, as well as external academic users, are welcome to use the facility, which consists of a Nonius CAD-4 linear diffractometer and a Bruker-Nonius Kappa Apex II CCD instrument, equipped with Mo and Cu radiation sources. The current fee is under revision. It may be possible to waive the fee, upon application, if the user has no funds to support X-ray work.


All inquiries should be directed to Prof. Bruce M. Foxman, foxman1@brandeis.edu, 781-736-2532. Upon request, details of crystal mounting requirements or service and other issues will be sent to you by email.


Industrial users are also welcome and are invited to discuss the Facility's fee structure with Prof. Foxman. Do expect that for-profit users will be expected to contribute significantly to the maintenance fund for the instrument.


Our policy is quite simple: the queue is based upon the arrival time of your request! That is, we simply have a first-come, first-served queue. The queue position is independent of whether the requestor is from Brandeis or an external institution. The queue may "stall" of course when a machine is down for repair or routine maintenance!


In unusual circumstances it may be possible for a user to move forward in the queue. For example, a review of a paper might require some information to be obtained in a short time frame. Such requests can usually be accommodated.


Finally, we welcome all users and make every attempt to treat everyone equally and with respect. If you believe that there are any problems with your use of the facility, contact either Prof. Foxman or the Chair of the Chemistry Department. The Chair will consult with the Department Instrument Committee to review all such requests.


All crystals must be accompanied by a submission form that provides us with sufficient detail to plan an analysis that is likely to yield the required answers. Crystals should be submitted to the Most Honorable X-ray 2ic, Mark Bezpalko, Edison-Lecks 306, x62562, bezpalko@brandeis.edu. Questions may be directed either to Mr. Bezpalko or Prof. Foxman.


(Last updated 12 April 2015)




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