Simple crystalline material analysis provides a basic qualification based analysis. This analysis provides an answer to the question 'What is this material?'
Materials that are a good fit for crystalline analysis include bulk clays, minerals, environmental samples, scales, coating components, pharmaceutical components and many dry industrial chemicals.
Included in all XRD analysis is EDS from the SEM. EDS provides the elemental distribution by mass of a given material. By combining the results of these technologies you benefit from a much higher degree of ACCURACY.
The only limitation to this analysis method is that the material must be crystalline. If you are not sure your material is crystalline in nature, Scanning Electron Microscopy can assist.
Some materials are both crystalline and amorphous. SEMx provides amorphous quantification when required as a part of the standard analysis.