Structural crystallography is often thought to be synonymous with single-crystal crystallography, yet for several decades, powder diffraction has made important contributions to the understanding of materials structure and behaviour.
However, it is perhaps the last decade that has seen some of the most
remarkable breakthroughs in experimental powder diffraction and in
the analysis of powder diffraction data, to the extent that it is
no longer considered to be an analytical technique of last resort.
Instrumentation at both the laboratory and facility level has become
increasingly versatile to the extent that throughput and resolution
are no longer mutually exclusive. In the field of data analysis, ingenious
algorithms that take full advantage of modern computing power have
meant that inorganic, molecular and even protein structures are being
solved and refined relatively routinely.
This course is intended to serve as a complete introduction to the diverse field of powder diffraction, and will provide a firm grounding from which attendees can build future research achievements.