After a successful nationally recognized single-crystal x-ray diffraction workshop in 2019, Clarkson’s Chemistry & Biomolecular Science Department hosted a second Crystal Structure Refinement Workshop in August. Mario Wriedt, Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science and CAMP Distinguished Professor at Clarkson University, together with world-renowned crystallographer Dr. Peter Mueller of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, offered an intensive 5-day Single Crystal X-ray Diffraction (SCXRD) workshop, Getting the Best Structure from your Diffraction Data at Clarkson University’s Main Campus in Potsdam NY.
The relatively small experimental effort required for a routine X-ray structure determination, combined with a revolution in data processing, has led to a tremendous increase in the use of single crystal X-ray diffraction, making it one of the most widely used methods of structure elucidation. This means that even inexperienced users can perform their own structure determinations. The workshop was designed to teach students, faculty and researchers working in the area of materials science to avoid, recognize or correct problems that emerge during the structure determination process.
“We were pleased to have a safe in-person event after such a long time of virtual meetings, and no surprise, our workshop was booked to full capacity. All participants were eager to advance their crystallography skills. Eventually, a full week of hands-on structure refinements, with complementing lectures, made the event a great success. All feedback received was outstanding and we look forward to planning our next workshop for 2023,” Wriedt said.
There were 34 participants, seven from Clarkson University and 27 students, faculty, and staff from universities as close as Syracuse, NY, and as far away as the University of Southern California and Texas A&M.
Professor Wriedt and his co-instructor Dr. Peter Mueller share a passion for crystallography, and both have robust backgrounds in related educational and research areas. Mueller has offered this workshop all over the world for many years.
This event would not have been possible without the generosity of the following sponsors:
National Science Foundation
The Center for Advanced Materials Processing, Clarkson University
Associate Vice Provost for Research & Technology Transfer, Clarkson University
Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science, Clarkson University
Dean of the School of Arts & Science, Clarkson University
Dean of the Graduate School, Clarkson University