Rigaku Rapid 2 Micro-XRD with curved 2D detector



  • Used for phase identification of very small objects (> 30 micrometer), flat polished sections and very small amounts of powder (micrograms).
  • Gandolfi-type movements can be programmed for samples with low numbers of crystallites to analyse a maximum of grain orientations.

Micro-XRD research

Museum lead

Dr Jens Najorka

X-ray diffraction

Mineral systematics

We are studying the fundamentals of mineral diversity as a record of the dynamic geological and environmental processes that have shaped Earth.

Meteoritics group

We are exploring the origins and evolution of the Sun, Moon, planets, asteroids and comets.


How do crystal structures interact with the geological environment and how can society use them for new technologies?