The University of Liverpool created a new shared research facility “Diffraction Suite for the Structural Characterisation of Nanostructure” with the installation of a 9kW Rigaku Smartlab diffractometer funded by the EPSRC and led by Dr. Alaria. The vision of this facility is to integrate and strengthen the internationally leading functional material discovery activities across the Faculty of Science and Engineering at University of Liverpool and the Rigaku Smartlab has been chosen to enable the nature of the science investigated. For example, understanding interfaces is technologically important for a wide range of industrial application based on ion transport based devices, high-k dielectric, 2nd and 3rd generation photovoltaic devices. The variety of the type of materials studied and the large daily volume of samples requiring routine structural characterisation made the Rigaku Smartlab the best choice offering flexible configurations to allow different types of measurements and high throughput capability with the high x-ray flux of the rotating anode, versatility of the Hypix detector and mapping stage.
In the photos, Keisuke Saito, Rigaku – Dr Jonathan Alaria, Liverpool – Darren Machen, SciMed