I am about to dive in the intriguing waters of structure solution from XRPD data, with a couple of presumably simple molecules.
Since I have no experience with that, and don't know directly someone who has it, but I am strongly determined to get those structures, I would like to ask you if you can recommend HOW a powder pattern should be collected (with a lab diffractometer) to increase the success probability.
Everything I've been told so far is "you should collect the best you can do".
I happen to have 3 or 4 different instruments around Europe where I could collect my data and so it would be nice to know which minimum characteristics should a diffractometer feature to be suitable to my purpose (or at least not inadvisable), eg: transmission (implying oil and polymer foils) or reflection geometry? minimum stepsize? 2theta range I guess it's recommendable up to at least 80-90° degrees... What about the required optical setup and slit-sizes?
I am also looking for some book/article to read on this topic, but sometimes the experience can help more effectively, that's why I also ask.
Thank you very much for helping,