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X-ray Diffraction Facility

_mg_1248-15.jpgThe X-ray diffraction suite at the University of Warwick is a Research Technology Platform primarily for analytical materials research. The suite is headed by the academic director, Professor Richard Walton, and the facility manager, Dr David Walker with support from Steven Huband and our technician, Dave Hammond. It was founded by Professor Pam Thomas.

The suite is located on the 3rd floor of the new Materials & Analytical Science (MAS) building and is well equipped for the study of the structure of a wide variety of materials including single-crystals, epitaxial thin-films, polycrystalline layers, ceramics and powders under both ambient and non-ambient conditions. The suite currently houses five powder diffractometers, two high resolution diffractometers and two single-crystal diffractometers for small molecule structural solution. A dedicated Small Angle X-ray Scattering system (SAXS) is available for measurements of polymers and other nanomaterials. In August 2018, a Rigaku Primus IV Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) system was installed for elemental analysis.

The X-ray suite is available for industrial users at competative rates. A wide range of services are available, including powder diffraction for phase identification, structural determination, accurate lattice parameter determination, in-situ diffraction, stress & texture measurements, SAXS, single-crystal structural solution and more. A variety of forms of sample can be accomodated from large single crystals, thin-films to ceramics and powders. Our team are very experienced and have multi-disciplined expertise. For further information and any enquiries regarding the use of these X-ray facilities for industrial work please contact the facilities manager Dr David Walker or visit the Warwick Scientic Services website.



      Paper of the Month - October 2018

      J. Humphreys, R. Lan, D. Du, W. Xu & S. Tao, Promotion effect of proton-conducting oxide BaZr0.1Ce0.7Y0.2O3−δ on the catalytic activity of Ni towards ammonia synthesis from hydrogen and nitrogen


      The Rigaku Primus IV WD-XRF system is now installed and in a commissioning period. If you have samples you wish to measure please contact David Walker.

      Paper of the Month - August 2018

      C. M. Storey, M. R. Gyton, R. E. Andrew & A. B. Chaplin, Terminal alkyne coupling reactions through a ring: mechanistic insights and regiochemical switching

      Paper of the Month - July 2018

      K. P. Marshall, S. Tao, M. Walker, D. S. Cook, J. Lloyd-Hughes, S. Varagnolo, A. Wijesekara, D. Walker, R. I. Walton & R. A. Hatton, Cs1−xRbxSnI3 light harvesting semiconductors for perovskite photovoltaics doi:10.1039/C8QM00159F


      A high-power Rigaku Primus IV Wavelength Dispersive XRF system has been ordered. This will provide the facility with complementary elemental analysis from B to U.


      More materials for electronic applications could be identified, thanks to the discovery of a new metal-organic framework (MOF) that displays electrical semiconduction with a record high photoresponsivity, by a global research collaboration involving the University of Warwick.


      Installation of the new Xenocs Xeuss 2.0 Small Angle X-ray Scattering system has been succesfully installed. Following a brief commisioning period, it will be open to general usage.


      The X-ray RTP welcomes Dr Steven Huband to the team. Steven has primary responsibility for the new SAXS system.


      In a paper published in Nature Energy, Dr Ross Hatton, Professor Richard Walton and colleagues, explain how solar cells could be produced which are more adaptable and simpler to produce than their current counterparts.


      A Panalytical Empyrean system equipped with Co source has been installed in the suite and is avaialble for use. It is particuarly suited to the study of Fe based samples, e.g. Steels.


      Our newest X-ray diffractometer has arrived. A dual-wavelength Rigaku Oxford Diffraction Supernova system.


      To book an X-ray investigation visit Warwick Scientific Services or contact the facility Manager, Dr David Walker.


      The X-ray suite has moved to the 3rd floor of the new Materials & Analytical Science (MAS) building