Analysis and characterization of materials by X-ray Diffraction (XRD) in the laboratory

What is X-ray Diffraction?

X-ray Diffraction (XRD) is an analytical technique that allows the study of the different phases of crystalline materials. 

If the elemental analysis allows to identify and quantify the chemical elements constituting a material, the X-ray Diffraction (XRD) allows to access to many information contained in the arrangement of the elements within a material. Qualitative analysis by X-ray Diffraction (XRD) allows to identify the crystallized compounds present in a material as well as their crystallographic forms.

Quantitative analysis by refinement according to the Rietveld method or by specific calibration makes it possible to determine the contents of these compounds in the state of traces as in the state of major compounds. The applications of this technique are multiple, in particular in the fields of metallurgy, geochemistry, ceramics, pharmaceuticals, medical, …

Our services

With more than 30 years of experience in the development of specific X-ray analysis methods, the FILAB laboratory can assist you with your X-ray analysis and control needs, expertise or process development for your crystallized materials and minerals. 

Here are some examples of analysis using XRD: 

  • Purity control of ceramic materials
  • Characterization of bone substitutes (hydroxyapatite HAP powder according to NF ISO 13779-3 standard)
  • Determination of crystal impurities in a cementitious material
  • Qualification of foundry slags
  • Identification of residual austenite in a metal alloy

Associated with elementary chemical analysis techniques (ICP, CI, elementary analyzers) and / or thermal analysis (ATG, DSC), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) is an essential complementary tool for the characterization of your products with a crystallized fraction.

Thomas ROUSSEAU Scientific and Technical Director
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