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Powder Diffraction is a quarterly journal published by the JCPDS-International Centre for Diffraction Data through the Cambridge University Press. The journal focuses on practical technique, publishing articles relating to the widest range of application from materials analysis to epitaxial growth of thin films and to the latest advances in software. Although practice is emphasized, theory is not neglected, especially as its discussion relates to better understanding of technique.

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PDJ Cover v39 No 1

Vol. 39 No.1 March 2024

On the Cover: The cover figure was prepared using figures from the manuscript “Adsorption of Ar into zeolite AL-MFI (NH4)” by Colin Scherry, James Kaduk, Winnie Wong-Ng and Huong Nguyen in this issue of Powder Diffraction.

The upper left figure shows the crystal structure of NIST Reference Material (RM 8852), a ZSM-5 alumino silicate zeolite ((NH4)3.27Al3.27Si92.73O192(H2O)26.7 with framework type MFI. This Al-MFI (NH4) is viewed down the b-axis. The zig-zag channels are parallel to the a-axis. The argon/helium adsorption of RM 8852 was studied as a function of temperature and gas pressure. The upper right figure shows the crystal structure of Ar-filled Al-MFI viewed down the b-axis (Ar is colored blue and purple). The lower left figure show the unit cell volume changes as a function of temperature and atmosphere. The lower right figure shows the Ar site occupancies at 90K as a function of time from change of gas for each of the six different Ar crystallographic sites.

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CODEN: PODIE2 ISSN: 0885-7156 e-ISSN: 1945-7413



Camden Hubbard, Applied Diffraction Services

Managing Editor

Nicole Ernst Boris, International Centre for Diffraction Data

Production Editor

Amy Woolf, Cambridge University Press, USA

Editors for New Diffraction Data

Soorya Kabekkodu, International Centre for Diffraction Data

Associate Editor for New Diffraction Data

Frank Rotella, Argonne National Laboratory (Retired)


Xiaolong Chen, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

José Miguel Delgado, Universidad de Los Andes

Norberto Masciocchi, Università dell’Insubria

Editors for Crystallography Education

James Kaduk, Poly Crystallography Inc.

Brian H. Toby, Argonne National Lab, Advanced Photon Source

International Reports Editor

Winnie Wong-Ng, National Institute of Standards and Technology

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Gang Wang, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences


The PDJ Advisory Board is served by ICDD Regional Co-Chairs and members of Cambridge University Press

Evgeny Antipov
Moscow State University, Russia

Xiaolong Chen
Chinese Academy of Sciences, People’s Republic of China

Jose Miguel Delgado
University de Los Andes, Venezuela

Steve Hillier
The James Hutton Institute, Scotland, UK

Takashi Ida
Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan

Allison Keene
Cambridge University Press, USA

Robert Dinnebier
Max-Planck Institute fuer Festkoerperforschung, Germany

Vanessa Peterson
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Australia

Mark Rodriguez
Sandia National Labs, USA

T.N. Guru Row
Indian Institute of Science, India

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