ICDD Clinics

ICDD Building

The International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD) is committed to promoting the applications of materials characterization methods in science and technology by providing educational programs such as the ICDD Clinics. The ICDD Clinics on X-ray Powder Diffraction and X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry are conducted annually in spring at the ICDD headquarters in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. The format combines theoretical and practical applications with ample time for the students to discuss their applications and problems with the faculty. In pursuing its dynamic commitment to education, the ICDD offers a limited number of tuition waivers for the Clinic on X-ray Powder Diffraction and the Clinic on X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry.  ICDD also sponsors a number of X-ray Powder Diffraction Workshops.


  • How your lab can improve XRF or XRD analysis with tips from the experts
  • Specimen preparation techniques
  • The experts' guide to XRF calibration with interelement corrections
  • How to analyze complex materials
  • The different types of fundamental parameter routines and how to use them (XRF)
  • How to take full advantage of the data in the PDF by utilizing information other than d's and I's

The ICDD X-ray Clinics are a continuation of the SUNY Clinics which were held at the State University of New York in Albany for 25 years. In 1990, the International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD) assumed responsibility for these clinics. The ICDD is a nonprofit, scientific organization which publishes the Powder Diffraction File (PDF) and the journal Powder Diffraction. The ICDD is committed to promoting the applications of materials characterization methods in science and technology by providing educational programs such as the ICDD Clinics.

The purpose of the XRF and XRD clinics is to combine theoretical knowledge and practical applications of X-ray fluorescence spectrometry and X-ray powder diffractometry. Each clinic is a complete one week course of practical knowledge in the field. Clinic instructors have extensive experience in the field and are deliberately selected from both academia and industry to produce the best of theory and practice. The focus on practical applications, hands-on experience, and intense personal instruction differentiates ICDD clinics from other venues. Each clinic utilizes a team of instructors representing a range of expertise to meet your training needs.


  • Lab personnel who wish to improve results
  • The academic sector currently developing a program or curriculum in XRF or XRD
  • Graduate students who wish to gain knowledge in either XRF or XRD theoretical and practical
  • XRF & XRD field professionals seeking to sharpen analysis skills
  • Those who wish to share experiences, knowledge and ideas with peers working in the XRF or XRD field
  •  Those with questions they wish to discuss with our team of experts


ICDD Clinic on XRD - General Information (Course Outlines, etc.)

Session I - Fundamentals of X-ray Powder Diffraction - 1-5 June 2015
Covering instrumentation, specimen preparation, data acquisition, and qualitative phase analysis.

Session II - Advanced Methods in X-ray Powder Diffraction - 8-12 June 2015
Emphasizing computer-based methods of data collection and interpretation, both for qualitative and quantitative phase analysis.

ICDD Clinic on XRF Spectrometry - General Information (Course Outlines, etc.)

Practical X-ray Fluorescence  - 27 April - 1 May 2015
Covering basics of X-ray spectra, instrumentation design, methods of qualitative and quantitative analysis, specimen preparation and applications for both wavelength and energy dispersive spectrometry. Emphasizing quantitative methods, use of automated X-ray spectrometers, review of mathematical matrix correction procedures, and new developments in XRF.

Tuition Waiver opportunities
ICDD offers a limited number of tuition waivers for the XRF, XRDI, XRDII clinics, and the Rietveld workshop. The tuition waivers were established to promote the education of the scientific community, particularly the academic sector, in X-ray materials analysis. Faculty members and graduate students are encouraged to apply. If you are currently developing a program in X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) or Rietveld Analysis, or are interested in incorporating these topics into an established course, a tuition waiver can provide you with the opportunity to learn the principles and practices of these disciplines from some of the experts in the field. Please note that the tuition waivers cover the tuition only; travel and lodging are the responsibility of the attendee. To apply for a tuition waiver, please submit a one-page written request stating your objectives in attending the course, and/or how you will incorporate these disciplines into your curriculum to the address listed on the Registration Form. Tuition waiver applications must be accompanied by a registration form and received at ICDD six weeks prior to the start of the course. All applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis, and recipients will be notified no later than four weeks prior to the start of the session.

Tuition waivers are named in honor of Dr. Eugene P. Bertin, Dr. Ron Jenkins, Dr. Deane K. Smith, and William Frank McClune, pioneers of the field of X-ray powder diffraction, for their dedication and service to the ICDD's x-ray clinics.

If you are interested in applying for a tuition waiver, submit a one page written request stating your objective in attending the clinic, and/or how you will incorporate X-ray materials analysis into your curriculum to:
Eileen Jennings, Education Coordinator
International Centre for Diffraction Data
12 Campus Boulevard
Newtown Square, PA 19073-3273
Tel: (610) 325-9814
Fax: (610) 325-9823
E-mail: clinics@icdd.com