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Crystallographic Assessment

Crystallography employs the use X-ray, neutron, and electron diffraction techniques to identify and characterize solid materials. They commonly bring in information from other analytical techniques, including X-ray fluorescence, spectroscopic techniques, microscopic imaging, and computer modelling and visualization to construct detailed models of the atomic arrangements in solids. This provides valuable information on a material's chemical makeup, polymorphic form, defects or disorder, and electronic properties.

The equipment available for crystallographic assessment include the energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS, EDX, EDXS or XEDS) is an analytical technique used for the elemental analysis on the electron microscopes.

Also available at the university is National Crystallography Service, which has a range of X-ray diffraction equipment that can examine in more detail crystalline nature of solids beyond simple elemental determination to determine dominant phase, chemical bonding and grain structure.

nCATS Facility – crystallographic assessment equipment includes:


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