X-Ray Crystallographic Laboratory

X-Ray Crystallography Lab - Sunrise Plan (2020)

The X-Ray Crystallographic Laboratory (XCL), 192C Kolthoff Hall, provides single crystal diffraction of small molecule materials to the University's community of researchers, including chemists, medicinal chemists, pharmaceutics researchers, chemical engineers, physicists, and geologists. We serve colleges and universities in the Saint Paul and Minneapolis metropolitan area that conduct chemical research, but lack crystallographic instrumentation. We also serve several universities and commercial firms outside of the state of Minnesota for single crystal diffraction. The XCL is located in the LeClaire-Dow Instrumentation Facility, 193 Kolthoff Hall.


The XCL offers two services: single crystal diffraction and unit cell determination of known materials. These are offered to local students and faculty, neighboring colleges and universities, and industries.

Use of the services

Use of the XCL can be accessed through submission of samples during regular business hours or by becoming a trained user.

Complete the Chemistry Department Sales Card Application & Temporary Stockroom Card.

If you would like to submit samples for analysis, complete the two-page submission form and bring it with your sample(s).

If you're an external user, not affiliated with the University, you must also complete the Terms and Conditions form prior to submission of your samples.

If you're an authorized trained user, sign up for the instrument you would like to use on queue list in the XCL. You also must complete a submission form when initiating your experiment.