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Malvern Panalytical Empyrean
PANalytical Aeris
PANalytical Zetium
PANalytical X'Pert Powder
STOE STADI P
Siemens D5000


MALVERN PANALYTICAL EMPYREAN 

New multi-functional hard radiation XRD system allowing the study of advanced materials under in-service and extreme conditions. 


USES/APPLICATIONS

The use of hard radiations enables:

  • Total scattering studies of local atomic environments in both amorphous or crystalline materials,
  • High pressure studies using a diamond anvil cell and,
  • Operando diffraction studies of coin or pouch cell type battery devices, so that electrochemical processes and changes in the crystal structure of an electrode material can be followed while e.g. a battery is being (dis)charged. 

With its sample stage for big, bulky samples, the Empyrean is also the go-to machine for samples that are heavy (up to 5kg) or irregularly shaped. The Empyrean has a host of other applications under development also, so watch this space for more information. 


DETAILED DESCRIPTION

A unique aspect of this equipment is the provision of access to high energy X-rays (Ag - 22keV) which will prove transformative in bringing synchrotron X-ray scattering techniques within reach of the laboratory. With its pre-aligned Fast Interchangeable X-ray modules for optics and stages, the diffractometer can be reconfigured simply and rapidly, allowing us to switch between different applications in a matter of minutes. 


DETAILED SPECIFICATIONS 

The emphasis for the Empyrean is on advanced characterisation techniques that have historically only been available at central facilities, such as synchrotrons, with long wait times and tricky application procedures to navigate. For example, the Empyrean brings total scattering and operando diffraction experiments on real devices within easy reach. 


LOCATION
Royce Discovery Centre, Harry Brearley Building, 5 Portobello Street, Sheffield, S1 4ND

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PANalytical Aeris

PANALYTICAL AERIS

The PANalytical Aeris X-ray diffractometer is designed to be fast, efficient, and simple to use. It enables a high throughput of samples with full autonomy and little maintenance. There are several pre-made programs to choose from, depending on the type of sample being analysed. 


USES/APPLICATIONS

The PANalytical Aeris is used to determine mechanical properties from everything from biological samples to diamond coatings.

It's commonly used to characterise alloys for quality control and development. 


DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Instrument details:

  • 6 position sample changer
  • Cu X-ray source
  • Ni Kß incident beam filter 
  • PIXcel1D detector 
  • <0.04º 2theta resolution
  • +/-0.02º 2theta linearity
  • Excellent low angle resolution

LOCATION
Royce Discovery Centre, Harry Brearley Building, 5 Portobello Street, Sheffield, S1 4ND

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PANalytical Zetium

PANALYTICAL ZETIUM

The PANalytical Zetium is the lab's only X-ray fluorescence spectrometer. It is capable of elemental analysis using PANalytical's 'standardless' Omnian system. 

It is capable of measuring a wide range of materials, including solids, liquids, and loose powders - allowing users to determine the chemical composition od a sample based on the X-ray emission spectra of the sample. Its large number of sample bays allows for bulk batches to be analysed without the need for users to change the samples. 


USES/APPLICATIONS

Elemental understanding of your material is essential in almost all of materials science. Of particular interest is its use in battery materials, radiochemistry and cement production, and alloy manufacture. 


DETAILED DESCRIPTION

It is capable of measuring a wide range of materials, including solids, liquids, and loose powders - allowing users to determine the chemical composition of a sample based on the X-ray emission spectra of the sample. Its large number of sample bays allows for bulk batches to be analysed without the need for users to change the samples. We have the ability to create lithium borate fused beads in house and can detect Boron in these samples. 


LOCATION
Royce Discovery Centre, Harry Brearley Building, 5 Portobello Street, Sheffield, S1 4ND

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PANalytical X'Pert Powder

PANALYTICAL X'PERT POWDER

The PANalytical X'Pert3 is the go-to instrument for high resolution, high accuracy XRD, running in either standard, high temperature, or grazing incidence mode. The X'Pert3 uses the same sample changer system as the Empyrean, allowing it to run up to 45 samples autonomously. 


USES/APPLICATIONS

  • Grazing incidence XRD (GIXRD)
  • X-ray reflectometry (XRR) 
  • Texture and stress analysis
  • High throughput powder and small solid diffraction

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Instrument details:

  • Cu X-ray source (1.544A)
  • Ni Kbeta filter
  • Programmable divergence and acceptance slit
  • Goebel mirror
  • PIXcel1D detector
  • 0.27 parallel plate collimator with secondary beam monochromator
  • 45 position sample changer

LOCATION
Royce Discovery Centre, Harry Brearley Building, 5 Portobello Street, Sheffield, S1 4ND

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STOE STADI P

STOE STADI P

The STOE STADI P is a transmission mode X-ray diffractometer used for the analysis of powder, thin film, and liquid samples. It features an incident beam monochromator, resulting in pure Mo Ka1 radiation, making it perfect for complex phase identification, PDF, and small volume samples. 


DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Instrument details:

  • Mo X-ray source
  • Incident beam monochomator
  • Mythen detector
  • Transmission mode
  • No height displacement
  • Very small angles possible (<0.2º 2theta)

LOCATION
Royce Discovery Centre, Harry Brearley Building, 5 Portobello Street, Sheffield, S1 4ND

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Siemens D5000

SIEMENS D5000

The biggest feature of the Siemens D5000 is the Anton Pair HTK16N furnace, allowing us to perform diffraction experiments up to 1450ºC in air and 1600ºC for a short period in a vacuum. 


DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Instrument details:

  • Cu X-ray source
  • Anton Paar vacuum furnace, max temperature 1450ºC in air, 1600ºC in a vacuum for a short period
  • Platinum foil heater for zero height displacement with temperature increase. 

LOCATION
Royce Discovery Centre, Harry Brearley Building, 5 Portobello Street, Sheffield, S1 4ND

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