New State-of-the-Art XRD Lab at Huddersfield

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  • Published: Jun 19, 2014
  • Source: Bruker Corporation
  • Channels: X-ray Spectrometry
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Coventry, UK. June 19, 2014.

The University of Huddersfield has opened one of Europe’s best-equipped XRD labs, following an investment of over £1 million. The lab is home to an impressive suite of 6 Bruker X-ray diffractometers, including:

Professor Craig Rice heads Huddersfield's
X-ray Diffraction Laboratory.

The instruments are now installed and the facility is fully operational. Demand is heavy, both from researchers at the University and beyond, from scientists from a wide variety of disciplines. Professor Craig Rice, chemist and head of the XRD lab, explains that the technology is being used to analyse the way a drug interacts with the body.

“If you know how a drug works then you can develop that drug further. You can hone it and make improvements without being in the dark. X-ray crystallography means you really know what is going on.”

Once, the use of X-rays to produce an analysis of molecules was a complex, time-consuming process, which in some cases could take years. Now the analysis can be performed in less than an hour.

Modern X-ray diffractometers, such as the six installed at Huddersfield, have features that simplify or automate the process of molecular analysis. The greatest challenge to scientists is still the production of a crystal of the molecule, which can take months. An alternative is to analyse the molecular structure of a powder, which is simpler to produce. The Huddersfield lab includes both powder and crystal diffractometers.

“The diversity of our equipment means that this facility is one of the best in Europe,” says Professor Rice. “External visitors who have come to use it have been wowed, because the lab is utterly cutting-edge.”

"Bruker is pleased to be a partner in the development of this state-of-the-art X-ray analytical facility," says Rob Hill, manager of X-ray sales and applications at Bruker UK. "We look forward to a continued relationship with the University of Huddersfield, promoting multiple techniques for complete X-ray analysis of samples from chemistry, biology, material science and physics."

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