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X-ray Diffractometer Laboratory

How does an X-ray diffractometer work?

  • It bombards samples with high intensity X-ray beams, which enter the material and “diffract” (reflect off planes of atoms).
  • The angle and intensity of the reflections are controlled by the size and 3-D arrangement of the atoms, so the diffractometer can “see” and fingerprint any substance’s unique nano-scale crystalline structure.

What substances can an X-ray diffractometer identify?

  • Explosives, Pharmaceuticals, Proteins, Ceramics, Superconductors, Polymers, Metals, Alloys, Pigments, Minerals, Catalysts, Corrosion residues, Cements, Clays, and many more...

    Our lab is equipped with a Siemens D5000 diffractometer.Students and faculty from Forestry and Geology, and also those from Chemistry and from Physics.

    Our diffractometer is used for teaching and research — in regular classroom teaching and also for student and faculty research. Students get hands-on experience with the diffractometer. Diffractometers are essential and standard equipment for forensic labs, ceramic companies, drug companies, petroleum companies, cement companies, chemical companies, and more.