School of GeoSciences

XRD Specification

Equipment specification and software

XRD Picture

Bruker D8 Advance with Sol-X Energy Dispersive dectector:

Powder diffraction for both quantitative and qualitative identification of crystaline materials. 

Step and continuous scan capability and variable speed sample spinning.


  • The system is used in conjunction with the Bruker Diffrac.EVA software in conjunction with currently available International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD) database.

    Quantitative analysis is available using the TOPAS 3.0 Rietveld analysis software.

    Analysis of clay speciation may be carried out by use of dedicated clay separation, glycolation and heating facilities.

Support equipment includes:

  • Rock cutting and grinding equipment
  • micronising mill
  • spray dryer