X-ray Diffraction Lab

The department’s X-ray Diffraction Lab features a Rigaku MiniFlex Powder Diffractometer, a simple-to-run automated diffractometer connected to a Windows PC running powerful data reduction software with extensive diffraction pattern databases. With this system, researchers can easily identify single-phase mixtures (organic or inorganic), or complex multiphase mixtures. We have a number of sample holder options appropriate for large mixtures or simple phase identifications on very small sample quantities (<3 mg in some cases).

The X-ray Diffraction Lab was made possible in part by funds graciously donated by Dr. Irene Gesiak Kelley (CAS’54, GRS’55, SED’92).

If you are interested in using these facilities, please contact laboratory manager Dr. Joel Sparks.