Microstructure of nanocrystalline materials studied by powder diffraction

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Powder diffraction is a powerful complementary tool for studying different physical and chemical aspects of the microstructure in nanocrystalline materials. It tells about the crystal structure, crystallinity, crystallite size and size-distribution and about macro-, meso-and micro strains in and between particles. Several different methods are available which provide either qualitative or quantitative information about these properties. Transmission and scanning electron microscopy, though very local, can be of great help in the interpretation of the fundamentally average information provided by X-ray powder diffraction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-318
Number of pages6
JournalZeitschrift fur Kristallographie, Supplement
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2006



  • Contact stresses
  • Dislocations
  • Micro strain
  • Nanocrystalline materials
  • Particle size
  • Powder diffraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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