Integrating single crystal x-ray diffraction in the undergraduate curriculum
American Chemical Society
Aspects of single crystal X-ray crystallography have been introduced into all four years of the chemistry curriculum at Santa Clara University. The laboratory components consist of (a) the determination of a molecular structure from a data set in year one, (b) the redetermination of that molecular structure and the determination of an ionic structure in year two, (c) the determination of another ionic structure from a data set in year three, along with the experimental determination of unit cell dimensions for crystals synthesized by students, and (d) a complete experimental structure determination in year four. Together with supporting lecture components, this program attempts, in part, to address problems in spatial reasoning skills common to chemistry students.
Patrick E. Hoggard, "Integrating single crystal x-ray diffraction in the undergraduate curriculum", J. Chem. Ed. 78, 420-421 (2002).