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Which XRD technology is most suitable for my materials research?

13 November 2018 No Comment

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Addressing concerns about data quality, space, throughput and user experience

More research institutions are moving towards a central laboratory model of shared analytical equipment. It encourages optimal usage of the technologies, building of expertise in techniques and ensuring the upkeep of better laboratory practices. X-ray diffraction (XRD) is a paramount technique for any material science research project. Therefore, the selection of a correct diffractometer model, suitable for the task, often comes to the top of the priority list, when designing a new laboratory.

As an Application Specialist at Malvern Panalytical, we often encounter various concerns from our research community friends. For instance, what XRD solution would be most suitable for my type of research? I already have an advanced X-ray diffractometer and I’m thinking about getting another one, but space is an issue! We bought an advanced XRD, but we are concerned about students messing up the optical path, therefore we mostly run standard powder diffraction measurements on our instrument.

Data quality, limited space, high sample throughput, user experience and training. These are valid concerns. Imagine if your laboratory could benefit from the following:

  1. Fully optimize your advanced XRD with seamless transitioning between experimental setups
  2. Maximize utilization of your advanced XRD by running your powder, thin film and bulk samples in one automatic batch, without any manual intervention – all possible with the intelligent software
  3. Little or no operator training required – now more students can have hands-on use of the instrument
  4. If space and sample throughput is a concern, explore how you can take the load off your advanced XRD by running routine powder analysis on a compact XRD
  5. See how you can achieve data quality comparable to floor-standing full-power XRD on a low power compact model within 5-10 minutes measurement.

Interested to learn more?

Dr Nargina and myself will discuss these concerns and how they can be addressed by our latest range of XRD technologies, the intelligent Empyrean for advanced XRD and the best-in-class Aeris compact XRD. Attend our live webinar, which is organized in the Asia Pacific timezone.

Live webinar: Thur, 29 Nov, 4pm Sydney / 1pm Perth time

 

If you can’t attend the live webinar? Register anyway to receive the recording 

About the speakers

Dr Umesh Tiwari is the Regional Application Specialist for Malvern Panalytical Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. In his role, he provides application support to customers. Not only in terms of recommending the type of instrumentation, but also helping them to expand their materials research through the use of complementary experimental techniques. He has close to 20 years of experience in X-ray analytical methodology, instrumentation and analytical techniques. Prior to joining Malvern Panalytical, he worked with Tata Research as well as the Solid State Physics Laboratory as a senior scientist India. Dr Tiwari has a PhD in Material Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru Vishvavidyalaya University. His focus was on structural defect engineering in semiconductors and characterization through X-ray Diffraction and other analytical techniques. He specializes in materials analysis using X-ray diffraction, particularly for thin films research, energy and data storage, pharmaceuticals, cement, metals and industrial minerals. 

Dr Olga Narygina studied physics at the Ural State University (Russia). After completing her master thesis on high-pressure, high-temperature studies of carbon nanotubes Dr Narygina moved to Bayerisches Geoinstitut (University of Bayreuth, Germany) to obtain her PhD degree. Her work there focused on high-pressure, high-temperature research of iron-containing silicates and alloys. This was followed by a post-doc position at the University of Edinburgh (The United Kingdom) where Dr Narygina carried on with the material property research at extreme pressure-temperature conditions with the focus on the structural properties of alkali metals. In 2011 Olga joined Malvern Panalytical. She started as an application specialist XRD in our Supply Center, Almelo, the Netherlands. A few years later, she progressed into a XRD product managerial role. Recently Dr Narygina moved to Australia and joined the APAC product/application specialist team.