Why XRD users should first understand the chemistry of their sample

X-ray diffraction is one of the most powerful tools for identifying unknown crystalline phases. And there are various databases that crystallographers can reference against, for instance ICDD. By comparing the positions and intensities of the diffraction peaks against a library of known crystalline materials, the target material can be identified. This action is known as phase search mapping. Because this method of phase search scanning involves the mathematical matching of such scans, it is possible that the phase mathematically matches to the XRD pattern, but not actually be in the sample.

During this webinar, we discuss about such confounding errors where incorrect phases were recognised. And importantly how such errors can be minimized or eliminated by way of narrowing the search mapping by way of understanding the chemistry or elemental composition of the material.

Interested to learn more? Scroll down to register your interest in our series of XRD webinars.


June 11 2020 - June 11 2020
14:00 - 15:00
(GMT+08:00) AUS Western
Event type:
Webinar - Live


What will I learn ?
1. How to achieve better XRD data analysis, namely during phase identification
2. Importance of elemental analysis prior to XRD analysis
3. Quick screening elemental analysis tools used in academia and industrial research


Hari Bhaskar, Manager for Process and Automation Solutions for Malvern Panalytical

Hari holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering and has been working with the company for the last 20 years in various capacities - Service, Sales, Application and Product Support.

Hari is currently based in Perth, Western Australia. He has worked with customers from various segments including cement, mining, metals, pharmaceuticals, academia, oil and petrol chemicals, service labs and more, providing advice on Malvern Panalytical’s fusion sample preparation, XRF, XRD, CNA solutions for their applications. Hari has sound product knowledge and extensive experience in method development for a wide range of application areas.

Hari is also the Course Director for various training and application courses such as “XRF at the workplace”, “SuperQ XRF software” and “HighScore XRD software”.


Who should attend?
• Researchers involved in materials characterization analysis who want to expand their knowledge in X-ray diffraction
• Relevant industries include (but are not limited to) those researching on battery, powder metallurgy, cement, mining and minerals, environmental monitoring, pharmaceuticals and more
• R and D and manufacturing leaders responsible for appropriate analytics selection
• Scientists engaged in method development for new materials or in supporting root cause analysis investigations in support of product manufacturing

How long is this webinar?
30 minutes is the intended speaker time with additional time for addressing queries.

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Join our free series of webinars: "Better XRD data analysis and interpretation for materials characterization":
- Webinar 1: Introduction to powder X-ray diffraction. More info
- Webinar 2: Studying battery cathode materials using X-ray diffraction More info
- Webinar 3: Expand your powder XRD applications for materials characterization research. More info
- Webinar 4: Good vs bad XRD patterns: how to improve your phase analysis and profile fitting. More info
- Webinar 5: XRD data quality: importance of good sample preparation. More info
- Webinar 6: Improving your phase search mapping by defining your elemental range: introduction to elemental analysis using X-ray fluorescence. 
- Webinar 7: Range of XRD instruments to aid materials characterization research. More info