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Neutron Instruments for Research in Coordination Chemistry



Zi-Ling Xue, Anibal J. Ramirez-Cuesta, Craig Brown, Stuart Calder, Huibo Cao, Bryan C. Chakoumakos, Luke L. Daemen, Ashfia Huq, Alexander I. Kolesnikov, Eugene Mamontov, Andrey A Podlesnyak, Xiaoping Wang


Neutron diffraction and spectroscopies offer unique insight into structures and properties of solids and molecular materials. All neutron instruments located at the various neutron sources are distinct, even if their designs are based on similar principles, and thus, are usually less familiar to the community than commercial X-ray diffractometers and optical spectrometers. Major neutron instruments in the USA, which are open to scientists around the world, and examples of their use in coordination chemistry research are presented here, along with a list of similar instruments at main neutron facilities in other countries. The reader may easily and quickly find from this mini-review an appropriate neutron instrument for research. The instruments include single-crystal and powder diffractometers to determine structures, inelastic neutron scattering (INS) spectrometers to probe magnetic and vibrational excitations, and quasielastic neutron scattering (QENS) spectrometers to study molecular dynamics such as methyl rotation on ligands. Key and unique features of the diffraction and neutron spectroscopies that are relevant to inorganic chemistry are reviewed.
European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry


Neutron scattering, coordination chemistry, metal-organic frameworks, magnetism, diffraction, inelastic scattering


Xue, Z. , Ramirez-Cuesta, A. , Brown, C. , Calder, S. , Cao, H. , Chakoumakos, B. , Daemen, L. , Huq, A. , Kolesnikov, A. , Mamontov, E. , Podlesnyak, A. and Wang, X. (2019), Neutron Instruments for Research in Coordination Chemistry, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, [online], (Accessed June 25, 2024)


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Created February 27, 2019, Updated October 12, 2021