Crystallography Matters!

Resources for crystallographic education

The study of metals and alloys by X-ray powder diffraction methods

H. Lipson

Teaching aims

To introduce research students with no previous experience to the basic ideas of the use of the powder method for the study of metals and alloys.


No advanced mathematics or theory is assumed.


An interest in, and desire to know more about, the phase structures of alloys, and also to know what the different structures are.

Practical resources

Reasonable, but not necessarily advanced, computing resources.

Time required for teaching

Depending on the depth of the lectures, anything from 3-4 lectures up to a full term of 10 could be used.