Capabilities

The MXP houses five X-ray diffractometers, a small angle X-ray scattering instrument and an X-ray photoelectron spectrometer. For additional details on the analysis techniques and applications available on these instruments, please view our capabilities matrix.

D8 Advance

  • D8 Advance with DAVINCI Design
    • Cu Kα Radiation runs at 40kV and 40mA
    • Motorised divergence slit
    • High-speed line position sensitive detector, Lynxeye XE, with energy discrimination capability
    • Suitable for Phase ID, quantitative phase ID, crystallite size-strain analysis and crystal structure refinement
  • Anton Paar HTK1200N in-situ heating stage can be operated from room temperature up to 1200ºC in air, inert gas or vacuum
  • Anton Paar Capillary Extension for HTK1200N Chamber:
    • Operated from room temperature up to 500ºC (Special glass capillary), 700ºC (Borosilicate glass capillary), 1000ºC (Quartz glass capillary)
    • Capillary dimensions, diameter: 0.2 to 1mm, length: 85mm
    • Open capillary with funnel tube at 3mm diameter can be sealed with airtight capillary holder
    • 2Theta range: 3-85degree
  • MRI MTC-LowTemp Chamber
  • Temperature range: -180oC to +450oC in vacuum; from room temperature to +300oC in air or inert gas environment.

  

D8 Eco Cobalt

  • D8 Advance Eco with Cobalt radiation source
  • Suitable for specimen containing significant amounts of Co, Fe
  • Not suitable for specimen containing significant amount of Mn, Cr, Ti
  • manual divergence slit
  • High-speed line position sensitive detector, Lynxeye XE, with energy discrimination capability
  • Suitable for Phase ID, quantitative phase ID, crystallite size-strain analysis and crystal structure refinement

  

D8 Eco (Chemistry)

  • D8 Advance Eco equipped with auto-changer
  • Located in Chemistry (G48 Building 23)
  • Auto-changer for running multiple samples overnight
  • Cu Kα Radiation runs at 40kV and 25mA
  • Motorised divergence slit
  • High-speed line position sensitive detector, Lynxeye XE, with energy discrimination capability
  • Suitable for Phase ID, quantitative phase ID, crystallite size-strain analysis and crystal structure refinement
  • Additional configuration with variable temperature stage, suitable for specimen to be measured in vacuum, or selected purging gas environment

  

D2 Phaser

  • D2 Phaser is a compact, quick and easy-to-use bench-top powder XRD system
  • Cu Kα Radiation runs at 30V and 10mA
  • Manual divergence slit
  • High-speed line position sensitive detector, Lynxeye
  • Suitable for Phase ID, and limited quantitative phase ID
  • Recommended for low 2θ angle scan with 2θ angle smaller than 5° (additional training is required)
  • Not suitable for specimens containing significant amounts of Co, Fe or Mn

  

D8 Discover

  • D8 Discover equipped with full DAVINCI Design is a flexible, versatile diffractometer with multiple capabilities: Texture, residual stress and grazing incidence XRD
  • Cu Kα Radiation runs at 40kV and 40mA
  • Twist tube can be configured with point beam or line beam as required
  • Centric Eulerian cradle with rotation, tilt and X-, Y-, Z-transition for precise specimen alignment or mapping
  • Vantec-500 2D detector for fast data collection
  • High-speed line position sensitive detector, Lynxeye XE-T, with high energy resolution for the best energy discrimination capability
  • Grazing Incidence X-ray Diffraction (GIXD) configuration with Parrallel Gobel Mirror and Equatorial Soller (0.2º), suitable for thin film or surface analysis, capable to characterise thin film with thickness down to 10nm
  • Purpose built for material texture and residue stress analysis

  

N8 Horizon

  • Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS)
  • Cu micro-beam radiation
  • Vantec-500 2D detector for fast data collection
  • Suitable for various specimens from thin films to fibres, from bulk materials to solutions, from nano-materials to biological sample

  

Nexsa Surface Analysis System

  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)
    • 180o, double-focusing, hemispherical analyser with a 128-channel detector
    • Micro-focused, monochromatic Al Ka source with adjustable X-ray spot from 10-400 um in 5 um steps
  • UV photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS)
    • High intensity UV lamp with automated two-stage differential pumping
    • Sample bias module for work function measurements
  • Monatomic and gas cluster ion source (MAGCIS) for depth profiling and specimen cleaning
    • Variable size and energy Ar gas cluster from 75 – 2000 atoms and 2 keV – 8 keV
    • Monatomic mode from 500 eV – 4 keV
  • Ion scattering spectroscopy (ISS)
  • Reflected electron energy loss spectroscopy (REELS)
  • Tilt module for angle resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ARXPS)
  • Vacuum transfer module for air sensitive samples
  • SnapMap: Rapid, integrated XPS imaging for feature identification and alignment
  • Vacuum System:2 x 260 l.s-1 turbo molecular pumps, with automated titanium sublimation pump and backing pump
  • Fully automated Avantage software control interface for all modes of operation
  • Nexsa

  

Database Computers

Database and data analysis computer located in the MXP Training and Computer Lab (Hew Horizons Room 208) are available for MXP users, with the following software installed:

  • ICDD PDF-4+ 2019 Database (including SIeve+)
  • ICDD PDF-4/Organic 2019 DataBase
  • Bruker DIFFRAC.EVA v4.2.2 for data process and phase ID (with PDF 4+2019, or COD Jan. 2016)
  • Bruker DIFFRAC.TOPAS v5 for quantitative data analysis
  • Bruker DIFFRAC.SAXS for Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) data analysis
  • Bruker DIFFRAC.Texture for meterial texture analysis
  • Bruker DIFFRAC.Leptos v7.8 for various XRD data analysis
  • Bruker DIFFRAC.FileExchange for batch data file format conversion
  • jEdit for code writing
  • MatLab R2017b with MTex toolbox for texture data analysis
  • JTEX for texture data analysis
  • Match! for phase ID and quantitative phase ID with Fullprof (with PDF 4+ 2018, and COD Jan. 2018)