X-Ray Diffraction (XRD)

Location: MI 232
Primary Contact: Mr. Russ Lingenfelter

The XRD facility features a Rigaku Ultima-Plus X-Ray Diffractometer as well as sample preparation equipment and software and crystallographic databases for interpreting XRD patterns. 

X-ray diffraction is used to determine the composition of minerals, polymers, metals, pharmaceuticals, and other samples based on their crystal structure. Qualitative identification of a broad variety of solid phases is possible in addition to quantitative determination of the weight percents of the various components.

The EMES XRD facility is used extensively for faculty and graduate and undergraduate research in SDSM&T programs including: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Geology and Geological Engineering, and Materials and Metallurgical Engineering. It also supports a number of industrial clients and researchers from other universities.

Mr. David (Russ) Lingenfelter, XRD Lab Manager
Engineering and Mining Experiment Station (EMES)
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
501 E. Saint Joseph St.
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701
Office: MI 232
Phone: (605) 394-2380, Fax: (605) 394-3366
Email: David.Lingenfelter@sdsmt.edu