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Elemental / phase analysis to molecular structure

Often referred to as the central science, chemistry is the scientific discipline involved with elements and compounds composed of atoms, molecules and ions: their composition, structure, properties, behavior and the changes they undergo during a reaction with other substances. The atom is the basic unit of chemistry. It consists of a dense core called the atomic nucleus surrounded by a space occupied by an electron cloud. A compound is a pure chemical substance composed of more than one element. A molecule is the smallest indivisible portion of a pure chemical substance that has its unique set of chemical properties, that is, its potential to undergo a certain set of chemical reactions with other substances. In addition to the specific chemical properties that distinguish different chemical classifications, chemicals can exist in several phases. A phase is a set of states of a chemical system that have similar bulk structural properties, over a range of conditions, such as pressure or temperature. To aid in the understanding of certain aspects of chemistry, Rigaku makes a range of X-ray fluorescence (XRF for elemental analysis) and X-ray diffraction (XRD for phase and structural analysis) instruments for both academic research and industrial applications.


Rigaku recommends the following systems:

Small Molecule

Our most popular diffractometer for chemical crystallography, configured with either single or dual microfocus sealed tube X-ray sources and an extremely low noise direct X-ray detection detector.

A benchtop single crystal X-ray diffractometer ideal for self-service crystallography and teaching.

A modern single crystal X-ray diffractometer for structural analysis of small molecule samples configured with microfocus sealed tube technology and a direct X-ray detection detector.

An extremely high-flux rotating anode X-ray diffractometer specifically configured for measuring difficult samples.

A dual-wavelength, extremely high-flux, rotating anode X-ray diffractometer specifically configured for measuring difficult samples as well as providing versatility through multiple wavelengths.

User-inspired data collection and data processing software for small molecule and protein crystallography

A bespoke, extremely high-flux diffractometer with custom enclosure and the flexibility to utilize both ports of the rotating anode X-ray source.


Automated tool for performing in situ crystallography experiments on existing X-ray diffractometers

Automated crystal transport, orientation and retrieval robot

A versatile and high-flux dual-wavelength (DW) X-ray diffractometer with an HPC X-ray detector for multipurpose diffraction experiments

The smallest detachable motorized goniometer head on the market


Extremely low noise, air-cooled X-ray detector based on direct X-ray detection technology.

A unique curved single crystal X-ray diffraction detector based on direct X-ray detection technology with the highest 2θ range at a single position available for the home lab.


Single wavelength Confocal Max-Flux (CMF) optics for single crystal diffraction


The following applications are relevant to this industry

Small Molecule