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MiniFlex training (Europe)

MiniFlex training: General Scope

This course addresses the basic operations in terms of hardware and software for the MiniFlex benchtop XRD instrument. The training is based on hands-on solving of example problems in order to illustrate the possibility of multipurpose analytical instrument (MiniFlex) and analysis software PDXL. Persons attending the training should expect to leave the course with a basic working knowledge of both the MiniFlex hardware and analysis software. Some of the specific topics covered are outlined below.

Rigaku will provide the training venue, printed training notes, light refreshment and a course certificate.

Persons attending the training are strongly advised to bring their own personal computer with software installation and software dongle that is required to run the software.

Who Should Attend

Operators, engineers, research scientists and university students in university and operators of the MiniFlex diffractometer supplied by Rigaku.

Course Agenda

Day 1
Introduction RESE and participants
Seminar Part 1 – Basics of powder X-ray diffraction
Seminar Part 2 – XRD instrumentation, sample preparation
Seminar Part 3 – Experimental XRD – MiniFlex 300/600
"Hands on MiniFlex" – practical basic usage
Sample preparation in the laboratory
Guidance software, D/teX, ASC-6, Al2O3 and other test samples
D/teX XRF reduction mode, different conditions, transmission/reflection, different measurement conditions
Seminar Part 4 – PDXL Basic and Qualitative, installation/ upgrade of the software if necessary

Day 2
Seminar Part 5 – Introduction to the Rietveld Method /Theory and measurement conditions
PDXL Rietveld refinement - exercises
Seminar Part 6 – PDXL Comprehensive Analysis, Crystallinity
Seminar Part 7 – PDXL quantitative phase analysis
Seminar Part 8 – PDXL quantification of amorphous phases
"Hands on MiniFlex" – alignment of diffractometer
Summary and closing

Note: During training course, the latest version of software for instrument control and analysis software that is available on the market is used. Therefore, details of the operation might be different from your environment. Our trainers are more than happy to discuss the operations on your version of the software. In such a case, you are advised to bring your personal computer with software installation and software dongles along with you.