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).

For further information, contact laboratory manager Dr. Joel Sparks.