XRD and QXRD analysis is used for the following applications; identification and quantification of crystalline minerals, quantification of amorphous content, clay speciation analysis on the separated fine grain size fraction, cluster analysis on large sample sets, and GMP certified pharmaceutical testing on raw material, API, clinical material, and finished products.
- Mineral Identification (semi-quantitative): Minerals are identified and their amounts determined using the Rietveld method
- Mineral Identification (quantitative): Minerals are identified and their amounts are determined using the Rietveld method (Corundum is added to the sample as an internal standard in order to determine the amount of X-ray amorphous material)
- Mineral Identification (qualitative): Minerals are identified; however, their amounts are not determined
- Clay Speciation
- XRD Cluster Analysis: Statistical tool that groups XRD patterns into clusters based on the similarity of their peak and profile information, and it can be used to rapidly group large data sets into smaller clusters with more similar mineralogy.
For mining and exploration, this analysis can help with:
- Highlighting existing changes in mineralogy within a deposit
- Determining mineralogical variability within metallurgical processing samples that could inform methodology.
- Assist with Ore grade control
- Creating a multidimensional compositional ore deposit maps or alteration maps