Diamond’s users can now control single-crystal diffraction experiments without even setting foot in the facility. Thanks to recent hardware and software developments on the Small-Molecule Single-Crystal Diffraction beamline (I19), users can run experiments from their own computers and collect single-crystal datasets in as little as 5 minutes.
The first users to take advantage of this new system were from Newcastle University; 278 miles away from Diamond and a 5 hour journey on a good day. According to the group’s coordinator, Dr Mike Probert: “We now know we can successfully control the experiments from our offices here, and with the recent upgrades we can collect the same number of datasets in one hour that last year would have taken us 24 hours.”
With remote access now a proven working model, small molecule single-crystal diffraction can now be opened up to academic and industrial users the world over.
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