X-Ray Diffraction (XRD)

The XRD facility features a Rigaku Ultima-Plus X-Ray Diffractometer as well as sample preparation equipment and software and crystallographic databases for interpreting XRD patterns.

X-ray diffraction is used to determine the composition of minerals, polymers, metals, pharmaceuticals, and other samples based on their crystal structure. Qualitative identification of a broad variety of solid phases is possible in addition to quantitative determination of the weight percents of the various components.

The EMES XRD facility is used extensively for faculty and graduate and undergraduate research in SDSM&T programs including: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Geology and Geological Engineering, and Materials and Metallurgical Engineering. It also supports a number of industrial clients and researchers from other universities.