Application Training

Basic Chemical Crystallography

This course is designed for new users of the Bruker D8 QUEST or D8 VENTURE systems for X-ray crystal structure determination (chemical crystallography). The course includes instruction and lab time. The training is in English, so participants should have strong English skills.

This course covers the following:

  • Introduction to single crystal diffraction (crystal systems, space groups, X-ray diffraction theory)
  • Overview of instrument hardware and software
  • Techniques for selection and mounting of specimens for X-ray analysis
  • Discussion of data collection techniques and strategies
  • Hands-on use of a Bruker D8 series system for routine structure determinations
  • Instruction and practice with APEX4 software package, including
  • Data integration and analysis techniques using APEX4
  • Structure determination and refinement - use of SHELXTL software package
  • Use of Cambridge Crystallographic Database
  • preparation of final reports, tables, diagrams and CIF files
  • Students are encouraged to bring his/her own samples and problem data

Future class dates are still to be determined.



Further Information




Class size

Because our courses are interactive and learner-oriented, we limit class size to a minimum of three and a maximum of six. Early enrollment is encouraged as registrations are accepted on a first-come/first-serve basis.


Attendance fee

The course fee is $2,080 USD per attendee.


For further information about the course content, please contact:

Michael Ruf
R&D Manager, Senior Applications Manager - SC-XRD

For information about price, registration, or other questions:

Melanie Swanson
Marketing Specialist

For a quotation, please contact: