RECX - Norwegian REsource Centre X-rays

The X-ray diffraction laboratory at The Department of Chemistry is part of the Norwegian National Resource Centre for X-ray Diffraction and Scattering (RECX). The centre coordinates the leading X-ray laboratories at UiO and NTNU.

Booking and prices

Prices: upon request of facility manager

Booking: LIMS booking system


Contact information: 

Facility Manager: David Wragg
Location: Sem Sælands vei 26
0371 OSLO



  • Chromium source powder XRD
  • High resolution powder diffraction – RECX1
  • Image Plate Diffractometer
  • Low temperature powder XRD 
  • Multi Purpose Powder X-ray Diffraction – RECX2
  • Routine Powder Diffraction – RECX-DIFF5
  • Single crystal diffraction (Apex) – RECX4/Apex
  • Single crystal X-ray diffraction (dual source)  – RECX4
  • Small Angle Scattering – RECX5/SAXS
  • Thin Film XRD – RECX3
  • Transmission powder XRD

Description of services:

  • identify and categorise solid crystalline materials 
  • determine the structures of new molecules and materials 
  • study how structures change as we modify them chemically
  • measure the thickness and composition of nanometre-thick films (e.g. in microelectronic devices)
  • see how the atomic structures of functional materials change under real working conditions
  • accesses the nanoscale allowing us
    • to watch the organization of polymer micelles
    • to watch proteins in real time
    • to study the nucleation of nanoparticles and Crystals.

Detailed description of instruments and services

About the RECX project

A key rationale is to achieve two complementary modes of operation, both providing the research community with state-of-the-art X-ray facilities; one focusing on regular and advanced analysis based on cutting-edge commercial systems, a second focusing on flexible and modular set-ups to tailor a range of sophisticated experiments.

The Centre holds national expertise to develop experimental methods at the scientific frontline. RECX will act as a scientific hub, fully accessible for users in universities, colleges, research institutes, industry and public sector. All these categories use existing facilities at UiO and NTNU.

RECX publications

Read more at the RECX webpages 


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Published Aug. 27, 2020 10:20 AM - Last modified Aug. 27, 2020 10:20 AM