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Principles and Applications of Powder Diffraction

ISBN: 978-1-4051-6222-7
400 pages
September 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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Powder diffraction is one of the primary techniques used to characterize materials, providing structural information even when the crystallite size is too small for single crystal x-ray diffraction methods.

There has been a significant increase in the application of powder diffraction in recent years, both in research and manufacturing, fuelled by improved instrumentation, data processing and awareness of the information that can be obtained. Powder diffraction allows for rapid, non-destructive analysis of multi-component mixtures without the need for extensive sample preparation. This gives laboratories the ability to quickly analyse unknown materials and perform materials characterization in such fields as chemistry, materials science, geology, mineralogy, forensics, archaeology, and the biological and pharmaceutical sciences.

This book provides a concise introduction to modern powder diffraction methods with particular emphasis on practical aspects. It covers the background theory of diffraction in a form approachable by those with an undergraduate degree. Whilst individual chapters are written as stand alone sections, the text is sufficiently focused so that it can be read in its entirety by the non-specialist who wants to gain a rapid overview of what they can do with modern powder diffraction methods.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. An Overview of Powder Diffraction.

Chapter 2. Introduction to Diffraction.

Chapter 3. Practical Aspects.

Chapter 4. Profile Analysis.

Chapter 5. Non-Laboratory Sources.

Chapter 6. Phase Identification/Quantitative Methods.

Chapter 7. Structure Solution.

Chapter 8. Structure Refinement.

Chapter 9. Other Topics

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Author Information

Abraham Clearfield is Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Joseph Reibenspies and Nattamai Bhuvanesh are Senior Research Instrument Specialist and Research Instrument Specialist, respectively at the Department of Chemistry, Texas A & M University, USA.

Contributors to the book:

Dr Lachlan Cranswick
Dr Natammai Bhuvanesh
Dr Karen Chapman
Dr Peter Chupas
Professor Abraham Clearfiled
Dr James Kadak
Dr Arnt Kern
Dr Armel LeBail
Dr Lyndon Mitchell
Dr E. Andrew Payzant
Dr Joseph Reibenspies
Dr Pamela Whitfield

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Provides a concise, accessible but thorough overview of Powder X-ray Diffraction
  • Application focussed approach showing the user how PXRD can be applied to the analysis of a wide range of samples, providing rapid, high quality information.
  • Contains all the information required to begin a programme of research using PXRD
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