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Introduction to X-Ray Diffraction (XRD)

Course start 8 September

This course introduces researchers in Materials Science and Engineering and related research areas to x-ray diffraction (XRD), with a focus on providing an account of the applications of XRD in materials science and metallurgy. A further aspect of the course is relating the lab-scale x-ray diffraction measurements to large-scale x-ray diffraction measurements at synchrotron facilities.

Time: Thu 2022-09-08 10.00 - Fri 2022-09-09 17.00

Location: Hultgren Laboratory, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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Learning objectives

After successfully completing the course, learners should have acquired:

  • A fundamental understanding of x-ray diffraction (XRD) and its applications in materials science and metallurgy.
  • Basic skills in lab-scale XRD preparation, operation and analysis.
  • Capability to understand the scientific literature in the field to further develop, independently, their own skills in XRD characterization.
  • A basic understanding of the similarities and differences between lab-scale and large-scale (synchrotron) XRD measurements.


The course is suitable for professional researchers educated to at least MSc level as well as PhD students. For PhD students, the course work is equivalent to 5 ECTS.


Lectures will cover the topics: crystallography, diffraction theory, practical aspects of x-ray diffraction measurements, qualitative phase analysis, quantitative phase analysis, microstructure analysis, applications of XRD in materials science and metallurgy, and introduction to synchrotron XRD.

There will be one laboratory on practical lab-scale XRD measurements and one demonstration on synchrotron XRD measurements. Three home assignments related to the lectures, laboratory and demonstration will be handed out and should be solved by the students.


  • Mandatory participation at lectures, laboratory and demonstration.
  • Approved home assignments.

Course dates

8-9 September, 22 September and 13-14 October plus home exercises.

Further information

Further information about the course, and the schedule is here (pdf 322 kB) .


Register here  before 1 September.


This course is co organised with the MetaLSF Project. MetaLSF is a lifelong learning project, with project partners from Grenoble INP, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Novitom, Research Institutes of Sweden, SSAB, University of Oulu. The MetaLSF project is sponsored by the EIT RawMaterials, which is a body of the European Union.