Powder X-Ray Diffraction (PXRD) @ University of Limerick Bernal Institute (UL)

Institution University of Limerick Bernal Institute (UL)
County Limerick
Technique Category X-Ray Diffraction
Technique Powder X-Ray Diffraction (PXRD)

Basic Capabilities

X Ray Diffraction of powder, thin film or bulk samples at ambient or non-ambient temperatures to determine whether material is crystalline or amorphous and quantify the crystalline phases


Equipment Make PANalytical MPD PRO
Equipment Model X'Pert MPD PRO


Advantage of Technique/Equipment

Non destructive method

Limitations of Technique/Equipment May not detect very small amounts of phases present_some knowledge of possible phases speeds up process

Other Details

Containment Equipment not appropriate for highly toxic samples. Fume hoods are available. PPE must be specified in Risk Assessment
Turnaround Time Days
Report yes
Interpretation yes
Data on Analyst Experienced staff member/technician
Indicative Price €100 per sample for powder samples. All others on a by request basis.

Industry Recommendation


Dr. Wynette Redington

Quality & Systems Supports

Quality Management System in Place


Good Manufacturing Practice Status

Preventative Maintenance

PM contract with supplier. In-house calibration on a regular basis using Si standard. Risk assessment must be supplied before measurement is carried out.



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