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Vanderbilt Chemistry Powder X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) Core


The Chemistry Department has a Rigaku Smart Lab with Cu Kα X-ray source for Powder X-ray diffraction. Additional features and capabilities include:

  • DTeX Silicon Strip detector for fast data acquisition in PXRD
  • Scintillation point detector
  • Powder X-ray diffraction
  • Small angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS)
  • Wide angle X-ray Scattering (WAXS)
  • Reflectometry
  • In plane arm for analysis of ultra-thin films and epitaxial interactions
  • Six position sample changer
  • Furnace stage for heating samples up to 1200°C
  • Air sensitive samples
  • Rietveld refinements
  • Structure searches through databases
  • Stress and crystallite size analysis

This user facility is in the chemistry department and is housed in Stevenson Center 7. Interested faculty and students are encouraged to be trained to use the resource.

Interested parties should contact Janet Macdonald and ask for access to the core through iLab.

This facility was funded by the Vanderbilt Discovery Grant, the Department of Chemistry, the Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (VINSE), the Department of Chemical Engineering, the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Laboratory for Systems Integrity and Reliability.