CHEM 712/7120 - X-Ray Crystallography

Semester: Spring 2020

Professor: D. Soldatov | Discipline: Inorganic | Campus: Guelph


Introduction into chemical crystallography and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The course provides basic theoretical background for understanding crystal structures and other XRD data reported in the literature and databases. The course also covers theoretical and practical aspects of the XRD analysis, including interaction of X-rays with matter, theoretical description of diffraction, experimental methods, instrumentation, preparation of samples, and the usage of software.


Lecture Notes will be provided in advance of the classes.
Other resources and links will be made available from the course website.

Optional texts:
AR West, Solid State Chemistry and Its Applications, Wiley, 1984 (1st ed) or 2014 (2nd ed)
DE Sands, Introduction to Crystallography, Dover Publications, 1993 (Dover ed)
C Hammond, The Basics of Crystallography and Diffraction, IUCr and Oxford Univ. Press, 2009 (3rd ed)
GH Stout and LH Jensen, X-Ray Structure Determination: A Practical Guide, Macmillan Co, 1968 (1st ed) or Wiley, 1989 (2nd ed)
JP Glusker and KN Trueblood, Crystal Structure Analysis. A Primer, IUCr and Oxford Univ. Press, 2010 (3rd ed)
W Massa, Crystal Structure Determination, Springer, 2004 (2nd ed)
W Borchardt-Ott, Crystallography, Springer, 1995 (2nd ed)
C Giacovazzo et al, Fundamentals of Crystallography, IUCr and Oxford University Press, 2011 (3rd ed)
P Müller (ed.), Crystal Structure Refinement. A Crystallographer’s Guide to SHELXL, IUCr and Oxford Univ. Press, 2006






Office Hours

Office: MACN 338. Phone: x53548. E-mail: [email protected] Office hours will be set as the classes begin. You can contact me by e-mail to ask a question or set an appointment.