Structure Determination of Sucrose

Get into Olex2 with this example structure!
Connectivity diagram of sucrose.

Connectivity diagram of sucrose.

This section provides a guide to the basic structure solution and refinement of sucrose. With these step-by-step instructions, you will be able to repeat this structure solution and refinement process for yourself, and this will help you become familiar with the way in which Olex2 works.

You can also watch our video on how to treat this structure – this video is a little bit older but it might still be useful.

The Aim

Get going with Olex2 by solving your first structure!

Selecting Data

How to load data into Olex2

Solving the Structure

The first step in any structure determination: locate the electron density in the asymmetric unit


From electron density to your finished model

Tidying the Structure

Polishing your finished structure

Checking the Structure

Making sure everything is correct

Finalising the Structure

Finish everything off