On-line Powder Diffraction School November 2020

24 – 26 November 2020

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Powder X-ray diffractometry (PXRD) is a technique which is omnipresent at labs around the world. Diffractometers are commercially available and typically produce very good data. Unfortunately, much of the data is not exploited to its full extent. In part, this is because scientists use PXRD as one of many experimental methods, but another reason is that the analysis of the data seems cumbersome to many PXRD users. The available software offers so many options that a first-time user easily gets lost, or the software is so black-box that you want to know what is going on under the hood.


With this online workshop+school on Powder Diffraction we intend to help participants to overcome the barriers to look into their data in greater detail. In a 3-day intensive course the participant will learn the basic theory behind powder diffraction and how crystallographic analysis of their (own) data may help 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.


The school will be given with live video presentations through the Zoom platform*. Registration is possible until the first week of November and seats are limited.
* Please let us know if you register if the Zoom platform will pose a problem for you.


Amarante J. Böttger, Associate Professor, TU Delft, material Science & Engineering, Materials for Energy Application
Lambert van Eijck, Assistant Professor, TU Delft, Radiation Science & Technology, Neutron & Positron Methods for Materials
René de Gelder, University Lecturer, Solid State Chemistry, Radboud University

Huub Kooijman, Researcher, Shell Technology Center, Amsterdam
Céleste Reiss, former Application Scientist Malvern Panalytical


The fee for participants is € 125.– for Academia and € 500.– for Non-academia.


A limited number of bursaries is available for the Online course. If you would like to apply, please let us know about your motivation, your education, your area of work or research and letters from two (2) references.


For basic background we refer to the book “The Basics of Crystallography and Diffraction” by Christopher Hammond.
For in-depth background we refer to the book “Powder Diffraction, Theory and Practice”, edited by Robert Dinnebier and  Simon Billinge.