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  ICDD X-ray Powder Diffraction Clinics

Let Our Team of Experts Help You Take Your XRD Skills to the Next Level

During the past seven decades, the use of X-ray analytical methods has seen continued growth in the areas of materials characterization and phase identification. Over the years, the development of procedures, techniques, and advanced equipment have greatly enhanced the versatility of the method.

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The purpose of the XRD clinic is to provide participants with a fundamental understanding of the theoretical basis as well as the practical application and implementation of powder diffractometry in today’s laboratory.  This knowledge and understanding is applicable whether the attendee works in academia, industry, or government laboratory, or whether they are a student, professor, researcher, or analyst.

The XRD clinic is presented in two separate week-long sessions, each of which stands alone as a complete course.

Session I

Fundamentals of X-ray Powder Diffraction is directed to both relative newcomers in the field and to more experienced users wishing to broaden their understanding of fundamental concepts and established procedures. The major emphases of Fundamentals of X-ray Powder Diffraction are the acquisition of reliable experimental data and qualitative phase identification using both manual and automated search techniques.

Session II

Advanced Methods in X-ray Powder Diffraction, is designed for the experienced user and focuses on computer-based methods of qualitative and quantitative phase analysis, as well as crystal structure analysis and refinement. For maximum benefit from the Advanced Methods in X-ray Powder Diffraction, the ICDD Clinic faculty strongly recommends that students have previously attended Session I.

The format of the clinic is a combination of morning lectures and afternoon recitations and workshops. Ample opportunity for individual student-faculty interaction exists throughout each week, including small recitation and workshop groups and a session where students can discuss their applications and problems with the entire faculty.


Not sure which XRD session you should attend? Click here to print our short quiz to help!

when & where

XRD Session I – Fundamentals of X-ray Powder Diffraction: 17-21 May 2021
XRD Session II – Advanced Methods in X-ray Powder Diffraction: 24-28 May 2021

Register before 5 April and save $250!

ICDD Headquarters
12 Campus Boulevard
Newtown Square, PA 19073-3273 USA
Phone: (610) 325-9814

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If you have any questions, please contact Eileen Jennings, Education Coordinator
Email: clinics@icdd.com

session I course outline

  • Production and properties of X-rays: continuous and characteristic radiation, absorption, scatter and diffraction
  • Production of monochromatic X-radiation: choice of source conditions, use of beta-filters, proportional detectors and pulse height selection, monochromators, use of the Si(Li) and Ge(Li) detectors
  • Components of the diffraction pattern: expected reflections, Miller indices, unexpected reflections, effect of scatter and fluorescence, factors affecting peak positions and intensities
  • The powder diffractometer: optical arrangement, factors affecting instrumental profile widths; choice and function of divergence slits, calibration and alignment, detectors, X-ray optics
  • Acquisition of good diffraction data: specimen requirements, preparation techniques, use of standards, and proper operation of powder diffractometers
  • Qualitative phase identification: the Powder Diffraction File™, quality of reference patterns, the Alphabetical, Hanawalt, and Fink Indexes, automated methods, and specialized subfiles
  • Industrial applications of X-ray powder diffraction
  • Hands-on use of computers for demonstration of the latest software
  • Data mining with the PDF

session II course outline

  • Brief review of fundamentals
  • Factors affecting accuracy of measured 2theta values: intensity aberrations, specimen displacement, specimen transparency, diffractometer alignment, and the use of external and internal standards
  • Factors affecting intensities of diffraction peaks: structure-sensitive properties, specimen-sensitive effects, and measurement-sensitive effects
  • Use of computer methods for data reduction and qualitative phase identification: peak-hunting methods, alpha2 stripping, search/match techniques and the Powder Diffraction File™, use of elemental data, error windows and probability searching, and scoring algorithms
  • Advanced data mining with the PDF
  • Exploration of powder pattern indexing methods
  • Quantitative analysis: specimen preparation considerations, Reference Intensity Ratios, absorption correction methods, matrix-flushing methods, and whole-pattern analysis using the Rietveld method
  • Structure solution and refinement using the Rietveld method


Sessions are held:

  • Monday – Wednesday: 8:30 am to
    4:30 pm
  • Thursday: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:30 am to Noon

On-site XRF or XRD Training Solutions

The ICDD can customize our leading edge educational clinics to meet the X-ray fluorescence or powder diffraction training needs of your employees. With on-site training, you will have the advantage of our faculty member’s dedicated attention, addressing the specific needs of your staff, all while working hands-on with your instrument. A minimum of six employees is required for this service.

To discuss further customized training at your location, contact:
Eileen Jennings, Education Coordinator
E-mail: clinics@icdd.com


Session I: Fundamentals of X-ray Powder Diffraction
17-21 May 2021
Register by 5 April 2021: $1,700 USD
After 5 April 2021: $1,950 USD
Session II: Advanced Methods in X-ray Powder Diffraction
24-28 May 2021
Register by 12 April 2021: $1,700 USD
After 12 April 2021: $1,950 USD
Register for both sessions (two-week course)
17-28 May 2021
Register by 5 April 2021: $1,700 USD
After 5 April 2021: $1,950 USD

Registration Form

Have a group of 3 or more attendees? Contact Eileen Jennings for pricing. To obtain the group discount, all registrations must be submitted at the same time. Registrations made before or after are not eligible for the discount.

Registration fees for training courses include lecture, workshop and lab materials as well as catered lunches on all full days.  Payment must be received prior to the start of the course to attend. Online registrations will be accepted up until two weeks before the start of the course; after that time, please call for availability.

ICDD reserves the right to use any and all photographs taken throughout the course to promote the clinics without additional approval from you, the participant.


The Best Western Plus Concordville Hotel is the host hotel for the ICDD clinics.  Book your accommodations within our room block and daily round trip transportation, will be provided to ICDD.  Please be sure to use the Group Code for your particular clinic – found here.

The Best Western Plus Concordville Hotel also offers a government rate, please call the hotel directly (610) 358-9400 to book your stay. Please be aware, you will need to pay an additional fee for the daily transportation.

Tuition Waiver Opportunities

ICDD offers a limited number of tuition waivers for the XRD clinic. Faculty members and graduate students are encouraged to apply. If you are currently developing a program in X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), and 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 from some of the experts in the field.

Want more information, or wish to apply? Click here.

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 10 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.

If you have any questions, please contact Eileen Jennings, Education Coordinator at clinics@icdd.com

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Thank you! What a great course, the faculty are passionate and inspiring! They helped me understand how to tackle my specific challenges with sample preparation and data analysis. Will definitely return for Rietveld course.
Christie Rowe
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The two weeks were great! The first week gave a good foundation to build on in the second week. The instructors are all top class, and taught us as much as is possible in the week we had. I would highly recommend this clinic to anyone interested in quantification methods. Thank you!
Katie Nichols
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Excellent course that is taught by passionate experts in XRD. Their enthusiasm when presenting the lectures and workshops provides a very positive learning environment. I enjoyed another week at ICDD and can’t wait to come back for Rietveld Refinement specialized course next year.
Adalberto Freay
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I found it amazing that the facilitators have between themselves centuries of XRD experience ranging from diverse fields from academia to cutting edge industrial research. No one was left out!
Madiba Mothusi

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ICDD X-ray Diffraction Clinics
17-28 May 2021

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