Powdered samples for qualitative analysis of crystalline materials are routinely analysed in Geological Science. A Phillips PW 3830/40 Generator with a PW 3710 mpd control X-ray diffraction system using the Xpert data collector/identify software is used to obtain and interpret XRD spectra.
As the method is qualitative and the machinery relatively easy to operate, students are encouraged to run and interpret their own samples and thus also benefit from discounted rates.
External analyses for other tertiary institutions and private companies are done on a first-come-first-serve basis by the Scientific Officer in charge of the XRD, Mr. Nicholas Laidler. An hourly rate is charged which excludes a fee for interpretation and any other additional sample preparation needed for analysis