School of Materials X-ray Diffraction Laboratory


The School of Materials has nine x-ray diffractometer systems
which cover techniques such as residual stress analysis, texture (preferred
orientation) analysis, phase identification in crystalline and semi crystalline
powders and solid materials. Machines are available for examination of both
small specimens and large components, and for a wide range of materials.

What we do

We endeavour to operate and provide an effective and
efficient XRD laboratory. Our goal is to help you get the best information from
your samples within the limitations of our equipment and time.

How we do

To do this we offer:

Data Collection

1:1 training on each diffractometer system which is most
relevant/appropriate for your project (as defined to us at the time of
registration) or

A service queue to allow you to submit a fair and reasonable
number of samples at irregular intervals.


Training to help you grasp the basic operation of the
software packages required to interpret your collected data.

Experimental Equipment

We appreciate that to maintain world class capabilities we
need to innovate so we do just that developing new experimental equipment.

Laboratory Classes

We generate, teach and provide laboratory class to
undergraduate and MSc students as part of the School of Materials teaching


We will help prepare data, script and proof read manuscripts
for peer review, with the appropriate level of acknowledgement.


Contact Us

Equipment Booking

General Enquiries – machine bookings, training, etc. We can be
reached by email or by phoning us using the details below. Or you can drop by
and visit us at B10, The Mill. All users must be registered via our portal
(available only on UoM network) before they can submit samples or operate


Senior Experimental Officer

Dr. John E. Warren tel: +44 (0)161 306 3608

Experimental Officer

Gary Harrison tel: +44 (0)161 306 5947


Materials Testing & Analysis tel: +44 (0)161 306 5948

Dr. Andrew Winn, Senior Project Officer

Mr. Peter Worth, Quality Manager

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