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The Powder Diffraction File (PDF) is the only crystallographic database that is specifically designed for material identification and characterization. It is an analysis system that is comprised of crystallographic and diffraction data. These data with embedded data mining and analysis software have been through a quality and classification editorial review system.

Release 2018 of the PDF contains 871,000+ unique material data sets. Each data set contains diffraction, crystallographic and bibliographic data, as well as experimental, instrument and sampling conditions, and select physical properties in a common standardized format. The PDF databases are designed to solve your material problems. The PDF is produced in several different formats in order to serve different groups of users.

PDF-2 is a collaborative product between ICDD, FIZ Kalsruhe, and NIST. It is designed for inorganic materials analyses. Many common organic materials from ICDD are added to this database to facilitate rapid material identification.

PDF-4+ is our most advanced database, designed for both phase identification and quantitative analysis. This database has comprehensive material coverage for inorganic materials and it contains numerous additional features such as digitized patterns, molecular graphics, and atomic parameters. Features to enhance the ability to do quantitative analysis have been incorporated into PDF-4+.

WebPDF-4+ provides the needed portability for accessing the PDF-4+ database via the internet. It enables full functionality of the PDF-4+ database using a high-speed internet connection. WebPDF-4+ is delivered as a USB compatible dongle.

PDF-4/Minerals is the most comprehensive collection of mineral data in the world! Ninety-seven percent of all known mineral types, as defined by the International Mineralogical Association (IMA), are represented in the database, as well as many unclassified minerals. PDF-4/Minerals is a subset of the PDF-4+ database, which includes all of the software features incorporated into PDF-4+.

PDF-4/Organics is a highly targeted database with the world’s largest collection of pharmaceutical excipients and polymer materials. It is designed for a multitude of applications in pharmaceutical, regulatory, specialty chemical, biomaterial, and forensic fields. The product has all of the display software and data mining capabilities contained in the PDF-4 family of products.

Printed Books and Indexes include ICDD's experimentally collected diffraction patterns and search manuals. These materials have been produced annually for 66 years, and are commonly used as reference books.

Attention: Discontinuation of Paper Products

Set 67 will be the final set of the Powder Diffraction File™ available in printed form, including PDF® Data Books, Printed Indexes, and Search Manuals. Set 67 will be available from 1 September 2017 until 31 August 2018. ICDD will discontinue paper products as of 1 September 2018. Customers may purchase the full Data Book set for $9,000. Contact marketing@icdd.com with any questions.

Our collaborative partners include:

FIZ Karlsruhe (FIZ) — Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Gaithersburg, Maryland
Material Phases Data System (MPDS) Vitznau, Switzerland-Linus Pauling File (LPF)

PDF Databases - Why We Are The Best!

More data, higher quality, more content, many types of solid state reference data

  • ƒƒThe world’s largest solid state collections of minerals, metals and alloys, polymers, active pharmaceuticals, and commercial materials

  • ƒƒThe world’s largest and most diverse (by formula) collection of inorganic structures

  • ƒƒThe world’s largest collection of modulated structures

  • ƒƒExtensive bibliographic collections - thousands of journals, hundreds of thousands of authors

  • ƒƒTarget your identification; get more accurate results using materials classified by chemistry and application by using the PDF’s extensive subfile system ƒƒ

  • Standardized data, nomenclature, and structural classifications plus brand names, trade names, mineral names, zeolite names, and common names of commercial materials


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Micro-XRF / Microprobe Analysis Search

Elemental analysis data from X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) microanalysis can be used to further improve phase identification results from X-ray and electron diffraction data. Imported or user entered, the elemental data can be expressed as elements or oxides, and searched to provide a Goodness-of-Match on single phase analysis. Further evaluation using the PDF® along with SIeve+ enhances successful phase identification.

Import and analyze Time-of-Flight (TOF) neutron diffraction data using CIF and GSAS files

PDF-4 databases now support importing TOF data for phase analysis, including CIF, GSAS, and custom data files. Instrument parameter files can be imported from user facilities, input from the user, or select default parameters in Preferences. Using ICDD’s SIeve+ software, phase analysis is now possible when analyzing TOF data using calculated TOF patterns generated from PDF-4 database entries with atomic coordinates.

SIeve+ support for DECTRIS® 2D diffraction patterns and TIFF image 2D diffraction patterns

ICDD continues to expand the number of 2D data formats that can be analyzed using SIeve+. This year, DECTRIS data file format from PILATUS detectors can be imported, as well as TIFF image files. After import, 2D data are reduced to x-y format for phase analysis.


Crystallite Size Slider for Estimation

A crystallite size profile has been available in ICDD software for many years, but required the user to enter in a size value. In 2018, a dynamic slide bar has been added, providing a quick, easy assessment of the effect of crystallite size on the diffraction pattern peak profile. Users can also import a diffraction pattern, plot the PDF entry simulated pattern as an overlay and dynamically evaluate the crystallite size.

Plotting Options

For publication of diffraction data as a black and white figure, symbols can now be displayed on top of peaks for identification of each phase. Line width and figure font settings can be saved between program sessions. Tooltips in the graph legend will now display instrument geometry and diffraction peak profile function settings.






Pricing is available for multiyear & site licenses. Please contact the ICDD's Customer Service Department for further information.

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