X-Ray Crystal Structures Determined using Bruker SMART X2S Benchtop System

Published on June 8, 2009 at 7:28 AM

Bruker AXS, company designs and manufactures analytical X-ray systems for elemental analysis, materials research and structural investigations, today announced the first publications of X-ray crystal structures determined automatically using the SMART™ X2S benchtop system.

X-ray crystal structures determined automatically using the Bruker SMART X2S benchtop system: A) Structure-Property Relationships of Stable Free Radicals: Verdazyls with Electron-Rich Aryl Substituents. Victoria Chemistruck, Dallas Chambers, and David J. R. Brook, J. Org. Chem. 2009, 74, 1850–1857 B) 1,2-Dimethyl-4,5-diphenylbenzene determined on a Bruker SMART X2S benchtop crystallographic system. J. B. Briggs, M. D. Jazdzyk and G. P. Miller, Acta Cryst. (2009). E65, o1171 C) ê3(Bis(2-diphenylphosphinoethyl)phenylphosphine)-chloro-platinium(II) hexafluorophosphate. Scott A. Heston, Bruce C. Noll, Monte L. Helm, Acta Cryst. (2009). E, submitted for publication, May, 2009 (Graphic: Business Wire)

The SMART X2S was developed to provide automated, unambiguous 3D molecular structure information to chemists in an easy-to-use, affordable and low cost-of-ownership package. The SMART X2S is a true benchtop system that requires only low power and is air-cooled for easy placement in any chemistry lab. The system provides access to X-ray structures for non-crystallographer chemistry researchers in industry and academia, and addresses the need for a lower cost crystallography system in undergraduate teaching. The SMART X2S does not compromise on data quality and can produce publication quality structures on routine samples automatically.

Professor Monte Helm of the Chemistry Department at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado commented: “As an inorganic chemist at an undergraduate institution, I have always had to rely on collaborations with larger universities for X-ray crystallography. This made research challenging, as I often had to wait long periods of time and pay fees to obtain structures of compounds relevant to our research.”

Professor Helm added: “Until the SMART X2S, I never thought it was even a possibility to do X-ray crystallography at Fort Lewis College. My teaching load made it impractical to have a large instrument that requires daily maintenance, attention and experienced hands to operate. The small footprint and low operating cost of the SMART X2S has made in-house research quality X-ray crystallography a reality for Fort Lewis College. I anticipate my research will progress much quicker and more efficiently because of this instrument. As an added benefit, most of our undergraduate chemistry students will now get hands-on experience with X-ray crystallography as part of their degree training - a real bonus to their education.”

Professor Glen Miller, an organic chemist at the Department of Chemistry of the University of New Hampshire, stated: “We are thrilled to have a SMART X2S system in our lab. The instrument is fully automated and easy to use and significantly extends the reach of our materials chemistry program by giving us instant access to 3D crystal data. We now quickly and easily collect our own structural information. The SMART X2S is part of our standard protocol for small molecule characterization along with NMR and mass spec. Bruker provides great customer service. We couldn't be happier!”

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