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Department of Chemistry

Fees for Crystallographic Services for Industrial Clients

All charges are in Swiss Francs (CHF), exclude VAT/MWSt and are subject to change without notice.

Advice on crystal growth / visual inspection of samples   no charge
Sample preparation & mounting:    
  • Ready-to-mount crystals
  no charge
  • Unstable crystals requiring special mounting techniques; poor samples requiring careful searching for suitable specimens
Diffractometer time:    
  • Initial determination of approximate unit cell parameters only
  • Full data collection, including accurate unit cell parameters, data reduction and application of absorption corrections, if required.
  440.- plus 150.- per 6 hours or part thereof
Liquid nitrogen usage   40.- per data collection
Structure solution & refinement:    
  • Includes full refinement of structure to publication quality standards where possible, absolute structure determination where feasible, preparation of a structure report with experimental details and tables of atomic coordinates, bond lengths, bond angles and torsion angles, and one publication quality diagram of the molecule.
  44.- per non-hydrogen atom in the structural model (minimum charge 1750.-)
Optional services:    
  • Additional specialised molecular illustrations
  45.- per diagram
  • Comprehensive analysis of structural features (hydrogen bonding, unusual geometrical features, intermolecular interactions, etc.)
  • Preparation of results for publication, when desired
  co-authorship rights
  • Consultancy
  160.- per hour
  • Express service
  50% surcharge
Charges for unsuccessful analyses:    
  • Failure to find a suitable crystal for measurements, despite repeated attempts, although the crystals look to be suitable by visual inspection
  • Failure to solve the structure after a full data collection
  diffractometer time


We undertake to produce the best possible results within the shortest reasonable time for the measurements that incur time charges. Where possible, we aim to produce the same quality of results that would be expected by our peers in the crystallographic community. Data quality will not be sacrificed for measurement speed and poor crystals often require more diffractometer time.