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Vanderbilt Chemistry Powder X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) Core

Overview of Services

Powder X-ray Diffraction


Rigaku Smart Lab with Cu Ka X-ray source for Powder X-ray diffraction. Additional features and capabilities include:


  • DTeX Silicon Strip detector for fast data acquisition in PXRD
  • Scintillation point detector
  • Powder X-ray diffraction
  • Small angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS)
  • Wide angle X-ray Scattering (WAXS)
  • Reflectometry
  • In plane arm for analysis of ultra-thin films and epitaxial interactions
  • Six position sample changer
  • Furnace stage for heating samples up to 1200°C
  • Air sensitive samples


This user facility is in the Chemistry Department, and students from across campus are encouraged to be trained to use the resource.

Interested parties should contact Dr. Janet Macdonald


This facility was funded by the Vanderbilt Discovery Grant, The Department of Chemistry, Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (VINSE), The Department of Chemical Engineering,  The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Department of Mechanical Engineering and The Laboratory for Systems Integrity and Reliability. 


Janet MacdonaldAssistant Professor
Faculty Contact - Chemistry XRD Core
(615) 322-2719
Stevenson Center 7920


Evan RobinsonStudent Coordinator
(615) 343-2658


Hours of Operation and Location

Hours Open

Restricted Hours


8 am to 5 pm, M - F

5 pm to 8 am Weekdays
All Day, Sat and Sun

Stevenson Center, Building 7
Nashville, TN 37232-0615



Name Role Phone Email Location
Janet Macdonald
Faculty Contact
(615) 322-2719
SC 7920