Published: Nov. 10, 2023
Rigaku SmartLab 9kW XRD

X-Ray diffraction (XRD) is one of the most important non-destructive techniques to determine the 3-D structure of all kinds of matter: fluids, powders, and crystals. X-rays have high energy and short wavelength when compared to visible light making them ideal for probing the interplanar distances in crystalline materials. Measurements of powder samples give information including crystallographic phase identification, lattice parameters, and crystallite size (< 200 nm) and internal strains. Commonly measured materials include battery electrode materials, catalyst nanoparticles on ceramic or carbon supports, metal-organic frameworks, corrosion products, geologic minerals, and a variety of other synthesized crystalline materials. The Rigaku SmartLab X-ray diffractometer is a state-of-the-art multipurpose instrument, with a 9kW high brilliance X-ray source.

The XRD technique has diverse applications in scientific research and industry, in areas such as energy materials, semiconductors, biomaterials, geological materials, material sciences, forensics, and pharmaceuticals.

Participants in this workshop will first learn about the theory of the XRD technique, recent applications, then view hands-on demonstrations and operation of the instrument. Tours to other material characterization facilities are included. Refreshment and lunch will be provided.

Agenda: Dec. 8th, 8:30 AM- 3:30 PM (MT)


8:30-8:40: COSINC Overview

8:40-9:00: XRD technique

9:00-9:30: Presentation: “Unlocking the Secrets of Materials: XRD Characterization for a Deeper Understanding", Prof. Ban.

9:30-9:45: Coffee break

9:45-12:30: XRD hands-on training


            12:30-1:30: Lunch  

            1:30-2:30: COSINC Facility tours

             2:30-3:30: Participants' sample measurments (optional) 

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About COSINC: The Colorado Shared Instrumentation in Nanofabrication and Characterization (COSINC) is a multidisciplinary core research facility and service center, within the College of Engineering and Applied Science, that provides access to state-of-the-art equipment in the areas of micro and nanofabrication, ISO 5 cleanroom, nanomaterials characterization and metrology and offers expertise and advanced hands-on training in the same related areas.