Mastering Powder Diffraction at DIAD

Sep 18. till Sep 20.

Mastering Powder Diffraction at DIAD

The Mastering Powder Diffraction at DIAD event is open to beginners and newcomers to X-ray Powder Diffraction. This course will give attendees a working understanding of how X-ray scattering and powder diffraction (PXRD) can be used for research and how they can collect PXRD at the DIAD beamline at Diamond. This event will also teach attendees how to work with the data they collect at DIAD, giving them the practice to confidently analyse and interpret PXRD data.

18/09/20242024-09-18 - 20/09/20242024-09-20
Diamond Light Source


This three-day course has been designed for complete beginners and would benefit PhD students, postdocs, as well as other DIAD users who are new to X-ray powder diffraction. 

This training will include:

  • Theory of X-ray scattering and powder diffraction (PXRD).
  • Use of in-house and external data reduction and analysis software.
  • Hands-on experience using the DIAD beamlines here at Diamond.

During the training, attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to interpret powder diffraction data, perform quantitative phase analysis, and analyse the size and strain of crystalline materials. This training will explain the fundamentals of X-ray powder scattering analysis while introducing state-of-the-art line profile analysis methods. 

As part of the event, we will provide information and examples of coupled imaging diffraction experiments that can be performed at Diamond Light Source.


Please see below the current agenda for this event:

Wednesday 18th September: Foundation 09:45  Arrivals and registration
10:30 Welcome and round-table discussion about interests
11:00 Crystallography (basics)
12:15 Lunch
13:15 X-ray powder diffraction
13:45 Profile Fitting/Modelling
14:45 Break
15:00 Line Profile Broadening 
16:00 Coffee
16:30 DIAD data structure and DAWN data reduction
Thursday 19th September:      Phase Analysis 09:15 Phase analysis
10:30 Break
11:00 PXRD phase analysis with DAWN 
12:15 Lunch
13:45 PXRD phase analysis with GSAS-II
14:45 Break
15:00 PXRD phase analysis with GSAS-II
16:00 Break
16:30 Beamline visits
TBC Event Dinner 
     Friday 20th September:          Size and Strain 09:15 Size-strain Measurements 
10:30 Break
11:00 PXRD strain analysis with DAWN
12:15 Lunch
13:45 PXRD line profile analysis with GSAS-II
14:45 Break
15:00 Advanced line profile analysis
16:00 Break
16:30 Beamline visits


There are limited spaces to attend this event, therefore access is subject to an application process.

Applications for the Mastering Powder Diffraction at DIAD event are now open. Applications will be open until 17:00(BST) on Friday 28th June 2024.


All applicants will be informed on the result of their application on the week commencing Monday 12th August 2024.


Registration fee

If your application is successful, there will be a £200 fee to attend the event, in person, at Diamond Light Source.

As part of the registration fee, accommodation will be arranged and provided (check in Wednesday 18th September, check out Friday 20th September 2024) as well as transfers between the hotel and Diamond Light Source. 

In addition, all meals and refreshments will also be provided throughout the event. 

Attendees will be required to arrange their transport to and from Diamond Light Source

Contact the organisers

If you have any queries relating to this workshop, please contact the Diamond Events Team who will be able to help.

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