PhD course: Introduction to x-ray diffraction with applications in materials science and metallurgy
Built upon a collaboration between Hultgren Laboratory and CeXS (Center for X-rays in Swedish Materials Science) this PhD course introduces researchers in Materials Science and Engineering and related research areas to X-ray diffraction (XRD).
Time: Thu 2022-09-08 09.00 - Fri 2022-10-28 16.00
This course introduces researchers in Materials Science and Engineering and related research areas to x-ray diffraction (XRD), with a focus on providing an account of the applications of XRD in materials science and metallurgy. A further aspect of the course is relating the lab-scale x-ray diffraction measurements to large-scale x-ray diffraction measurements at synchrotron facilities.
After successfully completing the course, learners should have acquired:
- A fundamental understanding of x-ray diffraction (XRD) and its applications in materials science and metallurgy.
- Basic skills in lab-scale XRD preparation, operation and analysis.
- Capability to understand the scientific literature in the field to further develop, independently, their own skills in XRD characterization.
- A basic understanding of the similarities and differences between lab-scale and large-scale (synchrotron) XRD measurements.
The course is suitable for professional researchers and engineers with a engineering/natural science education as well as PhD students. For PhD students, the course work is equivalent to 5 credits.
Lectures will cover the topics: crystallography, diffraction theory, practical aspects of x-ray diffraction measurements, qualitative phase analysis, quantitative phase analysis, microstructure analysis, applications of XRD in materials science and metallurgy, introduction to synchrotron XRD.
There will be one laboratory on practical lab-scale XRD measurements and one demonstration on synchrotron XRD measurements. Three home assignments related to the lectures, laboratory and demonstration will be handed out and should be solved by the students.
Mandatory participation at lectures, laboratory and demonstration.
Approved home assignments.
- X-Ray Diffraction A Practical Approach, C. Suryanarayana and M. Grant Norton. This book will be made available in pdf via Canvas. The book is a concise overview of x-ray powder diffraction. The lectures will also contain material from additional more elaborated literature references.
- Hand-outs, including scientific papers and book chapters. The hand-outs will be made available in pdf via Canvas.
Suggested additional reading:
- B.D. Cullity, Elements of X-ray Diffraction.
- H.P. Klug and L.E. Alexander, X-Ray Diffraction Procedures for Polycrystalline and Amorphous Materials.
- P. Staron, A. Schreyer, H. Clemens, S. Mayer, Neutrons and Synchrotron Radiation in Engineering Materials Science: From Fundamentals to Applications, 2nd Edition (this is the tentative main literature for a follow-up PhD course in Advanced XRD during 2023)
- Peter Hedström (PH), KTH, 08-790 6217, firstname.lastname@example.org (responsible teacher)
- Tao Zhou (TZ), KTH
- Gabriel Spartacus (GS), KTH
- Simone Sala (SS), RISE
- Ulrich Lienert (UL), DESY and KTH
- Fredrik Eriksson (FE), LiU
The course is free of charge.
KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Department of Materials Science and Engineering as well as the Hultgren Laboratory.
To apply for this course, please register here before 1 September: Application: Introduction to XRD, Autumn 2022
Course start 8 Sept at 10 am. See schedule.