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XtaLAB mini II
  • Affordable design with low operating costs
  • Requires minimal training and support
  • Automatic structure solution software
  • Provides definitive structural information
  • Ideal supplement for an NMR spectrometer
  • Perfect self-serve departmental lab instrument
  • Ideal teaching instrument
  • Publication quality results
  • Air-cooled HPC detector
  • Optional cryosystem available
  • CrysAlisPro data collection and data processing software
  • No special infrastructure required (110 or 240 VAC, depending on the country of installation)

Benchtop Single Crystal X-ray Diffractometer

Single crystal X-ray diffractometer for chemical crystallography

Single crystal X-ray diffraction on your benchtop

The perfect addition to any synthetic chemistry laboratory, the XtaLAB mini II will enhance research productivity by offering affordable structure analysis capability without the necessity of relying on a departmental facility. With the XtaLAB mini II, you no longer have to wait in line to determine your structures.  Instead your research group can rapidly analyze new compounds as they are synthesized in the lab.

Teach single crystal X-ray diffraction through hands-on experience

In many universities, the departmental single crystal X-ray diffractometer is considered off limits to students because of fear that the instrument might be damaged by inexperienced users. The XtaLAB mini II provides the opportunity for students to learn single crystal X-ray analysis by actually using a fully functional diffractometer.  This is not a black box instrument. Rather, the important step of mounting a crystal on the goniometer and physically centering the crystal in the position of the X-ray beam, ensures that students learn the importance of mounting techniques and crystal selection. The simple design of the XtaLAB mini II X-ray diffractometer minimizes the danger of students damaging the system.

Reduced size does not mean reduced data quality

The Rigaku XtaLAB mini II is a research grade chemical crystallography instrument that sits on the benchtop. No data quality compromises, no extended collection times. Results delivered are unambiguous. X-ray source tube lifetime is extended by running at 600 W. To compensate for running at a lower power, a SHINE optic (special curved monochromator) is utilized to produce usable X-ray flux comparable to a standard X-ray diffractometer. 

Dedicated to producing publication quality single crystal X-ray structures

The chief design requirement when creating the XtaLAB mini II was that the structures produced would be publishable in the most demanding scientific journals. The HPC X-ray detector is positioned so that the maximum 2theta; value is well outside of the Acta Cryst. requirements.  The software provides all the tools you need to generate publication quality data that can be used to determine 3D structures from a variety of structure analysis packages.

CrysAlisPro v40

The XtaLAB mini II comes complete with CrysAlisPro, our user-inspired data collection and data processing software for single crystal analysis. Designed around an easy-to-use graphical user interface, CrysAlisPro can be operated under fully automatic, semi-automatic or manual control. CrysAlisPro combines automated crystal screening, the fastest and most accurate strategy software available, concurrent data reduction and automatic small molecule structure solution. Visual feedback is provided for each step with clear, color-coded guidance so that both novices and experts can collect high-quality data in the shortest time possible.

AutoChem (optional software)

AutoChem is an optional software package and is the ultimate productivity tool for small molecule chemists, offering fast, fully automatic structure solution and refinement during data collection. Developed in collaboration with OlexSys Ltd (Durham University, UK), AutoChem works in conjunction with Olex2 where more advanced structure solution and refinement functionality exists. AutoChem is seamlessly integrated within CrysAlisPro, and forms an integral part of our ‘What is this?’ feature. The ‘What is this?’ feature gives you structures quickly and ensures you are not wasting time collecting full datasets on known samples or starting materials. It is an alternative pre-experiment option, which is used to plan your full data collections.


Product name XtaLAB mini II
Technique Single crystal X-ray diffraction
Benefit Benchtop structural characterization
Technology Benchtop X-ray diffractometer with advanced detector
Core attributes 600 W X-ray tube, hybrid photon counting detector
Core options Oxford Cryostream or Smartstream
Computer External PC, MS Windows® OS, CrysAlisPro software
Core dimensions 560 (W) x 674 (H) x 395 (D) (mm)
Mass  100 (core unit) (kg)
Power requirements 1Ø, 100-240 V 50/60 Hz

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