PRE-REGISTRATION Hands-on Powder Diffraction School

Hands-on Powder Diffraction School Delft, 21 & 22 November 2017
Reactor Institute Delft, Mekelweg 15, Delft

Amarante Böttger (3mE, TUDelft), Huub Kooijman (Shell Technology Center Amsterdam), Rene de Gelder (Radboud University Nijmegen), Céleste Reiss (NVK), Lambert van Eijck (Appl.Sci. TUDelft)

Powder X-ray diffractometers (XRD) are omnipresent at labs around the world. They are commercially available and typically produce a lot of very good data. Unfortunately, much of the data is not exploited to its full extent. In part, this is due to the fact that scientists use XRD as one of many experimental methods, but another important reason is that the analysis of the data seems cumbersome to many XRD users. The available software offers so many options that a first-time user easily gets lost.
With this hands-on workshop+school on Powder Diffraction we intend to help participants to overcome the barriers to look into their data in greater detail. In a 2-day intensive course the participant will learn the basic theory behind powder diffraction and how crystallographic analysis of their (own) data helps them to answer concrete questions on the material of their subject.
We invite PhD’s and postdocs to apply for this course. We encourage participants to send a description of their science case and how they would like to use diffraction and crystallography to answer the related questions. XRD and neutron powder diffraction (ND) facilities are available to measure their own sample during the course and the obtained data can be analyzed under supervision of powder diffraction experts.
The fee for participants is 125 euro for academia and 500 euro for non-academia. The fee includes lunch, tea/coffee and the dinner, but does not include accommodation.

Preliminary Programme:

Tuesday 21 November 2017

09h30 – 10h00: Registration + coffee/tea
10h00 – 11h15: Crystalline materials
(keywords: lattices, crystal systems, point groups, space groups, poly/isomorphism)
11h15 – 11h30: coffee/tea
11h30 – 13h00: Introduction to (powder) diffraction theory
(keywords: Bragg’s Law, Laue indices, structure factor, preferred orientation, systematic absences, peak broadening)
13h00 – 13h45: lunch
13h45 – 14h15: Powder diffraction instrumentation
(keywords: laboratory vs large scale facilities, optics, diffraction geometries, detectors, specimen preparation, non-ambient diffraction)
14h15 – 15h15: Lab tour XRD and ND
15h15 – 16h00: Crystallographic Databases
(keywords: data flow, CSD, ICSD, PDF, COD, Dutch Cheminformatics Consortium)
16h00 – 16h15: coffee and tea
16h15 – 18h00: Exercises and basic interpretation
19h00 Dinner

Wednesday 22 November 2017

09h00 – 11h00: Interpretation of powder diffraction patterns(keywords: background correction, , peak search, indexing, profile fitting, Rietveld refinement)
11h00 – 11h15: coffee / tea
11h15 – 13h00: Powder diffraction and practical applications
(keywords: phase identification, quantitative analysis, structure determination, texture analysis, stress, strain and defects, amorphous content, pair distribution function)
13h00 – 13h45: lunch
13h45 – 14h15: do’s and don’ts
14h15 – 17h30: Treat your own data Workshop


REGISTRATION is closed because we have reached the maximum number of participants for this course, this year!

If you want to express your interest in a follow-up of this course, please send an email to us via our