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BYU XRD Facility


The diffraction of X-rays by a crystalline solid helps researchers understand and map 3-dimensional atomic and molecular structures. Knowing the structure of a material, we can better understand its properties, utilize its attributes, and engineer new materials with similar or better functionality.

The X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) facility at Brigham Young University (BYU) currently operates two XRD instruments. One instrument is optimized for analyzing polycrystalline samples (the P-XRD) and the other is optimized for analyzing single crystal samples (the SC-XRD). The XRD facility supports both research and teaching in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry as well as BYU.