XRD Analysis

X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) Analysis is an analytical technique designed to provide more in-depth information about crystalline compounds, including identification and quantification of crystalline phases. This is a useful tool when trying to positively identify a contaminant or corrosion product, and for identification of foreign phases for purity analyses of crystalline powders.

Our skilled analytical team at IMR Test Labs - Louisville, centrally located in Louisville, KY, offers XRD analysis on a variety of inorganic compounds, including oxides, nitrides and carbides.

We also can provide XRD analysis of hydroxyapatite (HA) to include specification ISO 13779.  We offer Ca:P ratio, percent crystallinity, foreign phases analysis and more. 

IMR's chemists will provide you a clear, concise report.  They are available before, during and after testing for any questions you may have.

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XRD Analysis ServiceS

Analysis of Corrosion Products
Competitive Analysis
Compound Morphology
Crystal Structure
Identification of Unknown Powders
Material Confirmation
Phase Identification
Powder Diffraction
Reverse Engineering


Materials Analyzed

Alpha Tricalcium Phosphate
Beta Tricalcium Phosphate
Calcium Oxide
Corrosion Products
Tetracalcium Phosphate
Thin Films
...and more

How XRD Analysis Works

In XRD analysis, a focused X-Ray beam is shot at the sample at a specific angle of incidence.

The X-Rays deflect or "diffract" in various ways depending on the crystal structure (inter-atomic distances) of the sample. The locations (angles) and intensities of the diffracted X-Rays are measured.

Every compound has a unique diffraction pattern. In order to identify a substance, the diffraction pattern of the sample is compared to a library database of known patterns.

In addition to identification of crystalline phases, the peak shapes and intensities collected during XRD analysis can be used to gather information about percent crystallinity and crystalline size.

Applications for XRD Analysis

A primary use for XRD analysis is the identification of crystalline phases for a large variety of powders and thin-film samples. This includes the analysis of corrosion products, ceramics, clays, oxide or nitride coatings and many others.

Because the technique is structure based, XRD can differentiate between compounds with the same elements, yet different properties such as Fe2O3 and Fe3O4.

Often the approximate concentrations of each crystalline phase can be determined as well.

Confirmation of Material Properties, for example:

  • Analysis of production hydroxyapatite to verify Calcium:Phosphorus ratio as well as a comparison of the percent HA, Beta-tricalcium phosphate and Calcium oxide
  • Verification of lattice constants in palladium based catalyst materials
  • Determining percentage of material in crystalline form versus amorphous (% crystallinity)
  • Reverse engineering and competitive analysis
  • Determining crystallite size for polycrystalline films and materials