XtaLAB mini™ II Benchtop Chemical Crystallography System

The Rigaku XtaLAB mini II is a compact, benchtop X-ray crystallography system used to determine small molecule structures. It is a single crystal X-ray diffractometer used to generate 3D structures is of publication-quality. The XtaLAB mini II is a suitable add-on to any synthetic chemistry laboratory.

It improves the productivity of the research by providing an affordable structure analysis options without relying on the departmental facilities. The XtaLAB mini II allows the research group to quickly analyze recent compounds as they are synthesized in the laboratory, without the hassle of waiting in the queue.

Teach Diffraction Through Hands-On Experience

The departmental X-ray diffractometer in several universities cannot be accessed by students due to the concern that it will not be handled properly by the inexperienced students.

The XtaLAB mini II provides students with the opportunity to study single crystal analysis using a diffractometer. This is not a black box instrument. The crucial step of mounting a crystal on the goniometer and to physically center the crystal in the position of the X-ray beam guarantees that the students understand the significance of crystal selection and mounting methods.

The clear design of the XtaLAB mini II helps to reduce the risk of students damaging the system.

Reduced Size Does Not Mean Reduced Data Quality

The XtaLAB mini II from Rigaku is a research-grade chemical crystallography instrument that can be placed on the benchtop. This instrument does not compromise the quality of data or extends the collection times.

The results delivered by the instrument are unambiguous. The life of the X-ray tube is extended by operating at 600 W. A SHINE optic, which is a specially curved monochromator, is used to generate usable X-ray flux similar to a standard X-ray system.

Dedicated to Producing Publication Quality Structures

The major design requisite when building the XtaLAB mini II was that the structures generated by the instrument should be publishable in top scientific journals.

The HPC detector is placed in such a way that the maximum 2θ value is well outside of the Acta Cryst requirements. The software enables all of the tools required to produce publication-quality data that can be used to determine 3D structures from a selection of structure analysis packages.

Key Features

The main features of the XtaLAB mini II are as follows:

  • Automated structure solution software
  • Affordable design with low operating costs
  • Offers definitive structural data
  • Air-cooled HPC detector
  • Perfect supplement for an NMR spectrometer
  • Requires limited training and support
  • Ideal self-serve departmental lab instrument
  • Special infrastructure is not required (110 VAC)
  • Optional cryosystem available


The main applications of the XtaLAB mini II are as follows:

  • Ideal teaching instrument
  • Ideal for both short and long unit cell axes
  • Quick complete structure
  • For both organic and inorganic materials
Rigaku XtaLAB mini II Benchtop chemical crystallography system

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