The structure of small molecules can now be identified in a record time
Structure of small molecules uncovered in 30 minutes with this new technology - daily science news in brief

A recent study describes a new approach that achieves the amazing capability of allowing identification of the structures of small molecules (hormones, drugs) in as little as 30 minutes. Using current approaches, such a task could take hours or even days.

The technique is called micro-electron diffraction (MicroED), previously used to discover the structure of large molecules. It works even on powders, without the requirement of converting the compound into crystals, or other complicated preparations.

This works on molecules weighing less than about 900 daltons and it has major implications for chemistry and other fields such as drug discovery, forensics, medical testing, etc.

Read the full story: California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Scientific publication: ACS Central Science