Rietveld Refinement & Indexing Workshop


Basic Rietveld Refinement & Indexing Workshop - 28-30 September 2015 - Registration closed

Advanced Rietveld Refinement & Indexing Workshop - 1-2 October 2015 - Registration closed

Basic & Advanced Rietveld Refinement & Indexing Workshop -
28 September - 2 October 2015
- Registration closed

Workshop Brochure (PDF)

Register Online or fax the registration form to +610-325-9823!

Sponsored by the International Centre for Diffraction Data
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

The faculty is selected from academic, industrial and government institutions under the direction of ICDD Management. 
Instructor Bios.

Take the three-day basic workshop, the two-day advanced workshop or both together for a full week of hands-on training.  The ICDD basic Rietveld workshop is a pre-requisite for attending the advanced workshop.  A basic understanding of crystallography is also required.

Workshop Outline
Powder pattern Indexing and Rietveld structural refinement techniques are complementary and are often used to completely describe the structure of a material. Successful indexing of a powder pattern is considered strong evidence for phase purity. Indexing (with derived space group and lattice symmetry determinations) is considered a prelude to determining the crystal structure, and permits phase identification by lattice matching techniques. The Rietveld method is used to refine crystal structures and is perhaps best considered whole- pattern-fitting structure refinement, i.e., we must account not only for the crystal structure but also the instrumental resolution and diffraction physics effects (e.g., crystallite size and strain). The aim is to perform quantitative phase analysis and identification.

This workshop introduces the theory and formalisms of various indexing methods and structural refinement techniques. One unique aspect of this workshop is the extensive use of computer laboratory problem solving and exercises that teach method development in a hands-on environment.

We will use EXPGUI and GSAS for the Rietveld laboratory work; Crysfire (especially Dicvol, Ito and Treor) will be used for indexing exercises.

Lecture Components
Basic Crystallography

  • Emphasis on space groups, conventions, etc.

Powder Pattern Indexing

  • Data reduction methods for peak finding
  • We will use Dicvol 04, Treor and Ito indexing examples
  • Crysfire will also be discussed

Rietveld Structural Refinement

  • History and motivation for development of this technique
  • Qualitative description of various sample and instrument-related functions for profile shape, background, etc.
  • The use of least-squares constraints will be explored

LeBail and Pawley Fitting Procedures

  • What to do when atomic coordinates are not available
  • Discussion on use of these tools for structure determination
  • Use in powder pattern indexing

Computer Laboratory Components
Exercise problems will include:

  • Single phase indexing
  • Single phase refinement (all crystalline materials)
  • Multiphase refinement (all crystalline materials)
  • Nanophase, and small crystallite size content
  • Amorphous phase + crystalline phase(s)


Fee and Registration
Registration fees for training courses include classroom and lab materials and catered lunches. Registrations will be accepted until two weeks before the start of the course. After that, please call for availability. Payment must be received prior to the course to attend.

Registration closed

Register Online or
fax the registration form to +610-325-9823!

Tuition Waiver Opportunities
Registrations must be received no later than six weeks prior to the start of the course.

Basic Rietveld Refinement & Indexing Workshop - $1,200
Advanced Rietveld Refinement & Indexing Workshop - $750
Basic & Advanced - $1,950

Tuition Waiver Opportunities
Tuition Waiver requests must be received no later than six weeks prior to the start of the course.

Transfer, Cancellation and Refund Policy:

ICDD must guarantee payment for meals and materials in advance.  You will receive a 50% refund of the paid registration fee if your written cancellation is received at ICDD 20 business days prior to the start of the class.  With less notice, a colleague may take your place, or the course materials will be mailed to you, but no refund will be given.

Please note: A minimum of ten registrants per course is required, otherwise the course will be cancelled and your registration fee will be refunded. You will be notified of a course cancellation no later than two weeks prior to the start of the course. 

ICDD Headquarters
12 Campus Boulevard
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, 19073-3273 U.S.A.
Phone: +610.325.9814

Please Note:  Hotel rooms in the Philadelphia area and its suburbs will be limited September 21-27, 2015. The World Meeting of Families is taking place in Philadelphia, ending with a Papal visit.  Pope Francis is scheduled to say Mass in Philadelphia on Sunday September 27th.  Book your accommodations at the host hotel as early as possible, if your plans change and you are unable to attend the workshop you can cancel your stay without penalty seven days prior to your scheduled stay.