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Crystal quest

In this activity, students synthesise prior learning about structure and bonding, and about enzymes, and apply it to a new context: X-ray crystallography. The main part of the activity involves students pitching for funding for new equipment – how will they use the equipment to elucidate structures and why is it important to do so?

Learning Outcomes

  • Students outline how X-ray crystallography works.

  • Students understand the importance of X-ray crystallography in elucidating structures, and can describe applications of the technique in medicine, materials, and addressing future needs for food and clean water.


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