University of Waikato - May 1996
When the School of Science at the University of Waikato was set up in 1970, a basic Philips powder diffractometer was purchased for teaching, and for some Earth Sciences and Chemistry research, it was up-dated to a Philips PW1840 in the mid - 80's. With the development of the material science group at Waikato there was a need for more sophisticated equipment, and in 1996 the Centre for Technology installed an automated Philips XPert powder diffraction facility complete with high temperature accessories. Operated under the supervision of Nigel Sammes, it is expected to renew interest in powder XRD research from others in the School.
Single-crystal X-ray studies at Waikato took the first steps in 1979, under the patient and benevolent eye of Ward Robinson, when it became clear that our synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry research projects needed access to structure determinations. Brian Nicholson became the coordinator and structure analyses are carried out routinely, with intensity data collection being done at Canterbury (Ward Robinson), or at Auckland (Cliff Rickard & George Clark). The local facilities consist of two precession cameras which are used for preliminary studies of crystal quality and for space group assignment.