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Powder Diffraction Theory and Practice by Armel Le Bail

Powder Diffraction Theory and Practice


Powder Diffraction Theory and Practice by Armel Le Bail

Powder diffraction is a widely used scientific technique in the characterization of materials with broad application in materials science, chemistry, physics, geology, pharmacology and archaeology. Powder Diffraction: Theory and Practice provides an advanced introductory text about modern methods and applications of powder diffraction in research and industry. The authors begin with a brief overview of the basic theory of diffraction from crystals and powders. Data collection strategies are described including x-ray, neutron and electron diffraction setups using modern day apparatus including synchrotron sources. Data corrections, essential for quantitative analysis are covered before the authors conclude with a discussion of the analysis methods themselves. The information is presented in a way that facilitates understanding the information content of the data, as well as best practices for collecting and analyzing data for quantitative analysis. This long awaited book condenses the knowledge of renowned experts in the field into a single, authoritative, overview of the application of powder diffraction in modern materials research. The book contains essential theory and introductory material for students and researchers wishing to learn how to apply the frontier methods of powder diffraction


The authors of chapters have done a very good job of summarizing current ideas in the field of powder diffraction, and the editors and publisher have likewise maintained the coherence, consistency and quality of the finished product. It provides an excellent bridge between elementary texts and current research literature. I believe that there is room for this book on the shelf (and more importantly, in the hands) of nearly everyone who is using powder diffraction as a research technique.

* ACA Newsletter, Peter w Stephens * The book has some excellent contributions that have perhaps seven or eight real highlights. excellent starting point for many researchers and will be a useful addition to the shelves of those people involved with, or actively practising, powder diffraction methods. * Crystallography Reviews, 1476 - 3508 online * This book provides an excellent overview and much detail of the state-of the-art in powder diffraction methods. Powder diffraction theory and practice will be an invaluable resource for experienced practitioners and new research students alike. It provides an approachable, comprehensive description of modern methods and their computational implementations,... * Chemistry World, Review by Prof. J. Paul Attfield, University of Edinburgh, In November issue *

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Publication date

1st March 2008


Armel Le Bail

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Royal Society of Chemistry


604 pages


Inorganic chemistry
Solid state chemistry



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