X-Ray Crystallographic Research

Knowledge of structure and form leads to understanding function of materials. Better understanding of function allows us to improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of materials. My research question is, how can the internal structure of crystals be determined using x-ray diffraction? X-ray diffraction is the physical process of finding a 2D pattern of specific crystal structure with an x-ray diffractometer, and x-ray crystallography encompasses all the techniques needed to image the crystal and work back to calculate the 3D structure. This analytic technique could be applied to virtually all solid materials; here it will be focused on photoresponsive materials which have numerous applications in fluorescence-based environmental sensing, optical computing memory, LEDs, and photocatalysts. [Read more…]