Single Crystal X-ray Diffraction
For an inorganic chemist, the epitome of structural characterization is single crystal X-ray diffraction. We often characterize all our metal complexes through this method. In cases, where information from spectroscopic methods are not sufficient for the prediction of the structure of a new compound, information from single crystal X-ray diffraction is extremely useful. Additionally, for paramagnetic compounds, this method delivers direct structural information on the samples, which is otherwise hard to obtain through other methods. In some cases, intermediates obtained from chemical reactions are investigated with single crystal X-ray diffraction to obtain valuable information about the reaction mechanism.