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Courses on crystallography, crystal structure determination and powder diffraction are offered when there is a group of interested people


Students are encouraged to participate in experiment setup and data treatment (must be requested when submitting sample)


(Safety certificate is required to work in the lab)

Users can request meeting to analyze crystal structures, get help with the software, or discuss publication issues, etc.


There are capabilities for a remote demonstration of the X-ray laboratory, diffractometers (internet video camera) and data collection (PCAnywhere)



Training in the theory and operation of the instruments for students and the researchers of local industry is usually provided on the individual basis


Training is provided by PI or experienced authorized user



Prior training safety certificate should be obtained from the radiation safety office


Safety Training Link

Usually training is done using user's samples in several sessions


After training user is granted card access to the lab and can work independently

  (see user guide here)

Educational Materials

Tips for Crystal Growing by Martin Lutz


Crystallography Education at IUCr


Teaching Pamphlets at IUCr


Interactive tutorial about diffraction by Th. Proffen and R.B. Neder


Armel Le Bailís Web site dedicated to SDPD - Structure Determination from Powder Data


IUCr journals (Acta Crystallographica and other)


Text: Fundamentals of Powder Diffraction and Structural Characterization of Materials, by Vitalij K. Pecharsky & Peter Y. Zavalij. Springer, 2005, 713 p. With CD-ROM. Soft Cover. ISBN: 0-387-24147-7


Text: Fundamentals of Powder Diffraction and Structural Characterization of Materials. Second Edition, by Vitalij K. Pecharsky & Peter Y. Zavalij. 766 p. + online materials. 
© Springer 2009: ISBN: 978-0-387-09578-3 e-ISBN: 978-0-387-09579-0.