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MiniFlex training (Europe)

RESE MiniFlex Online Training 2022
Course Name:   Basic Training Course for MiniFlex
Duration:   3-days
Sessions:   14-16 March, 2022
11-13 July, 2022
10-12 October, 2022
Course Times:   9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location:   Neu-Isenburg, Germany

MiniFlex training: General Scope

This course addresses the basic operations in terms of hardware and software for the MiniFlex benchtop XRD instrument. The training is based on hands-on solving of example problems in order to illustrate the possibility of multipurpose analytical instrument (MiniFlex) and analysis software SmartLab Studio II. Persons attending the training should expect to leave the course with a basic working knowledge of both the MiniFlex hardware and analysis software. Some of the specific topics covered are outlined below.

Rigaku will provide the training notes and a course certificate.

Persons attending the training are advised to have a personal computer with SmartLab Studio II software installed and software dongle / network license that is required to run the software.

E-mail with the details and online training link will be sent to registered attendees prior to the training.

Who Should Attend

Operators, engineers, research scientists and university students in university and operators of the MiniFlex diffractometer supplied by Rigaku

Registration is required. The number of places is limited.

Course Agenda

Day 1
9:00 – 12:00 Introduction RESE and participants
1. Introduction; basics of powder X-ray diffraction
2. XRD Instrumentation
3. Experimental XRD – MiniFlex 600
4. Sample preparation
14:00 – 17:00 5. Hands on MiniFlex I – practical basic usage
a) Sample preparation in the laboratory
b) instrument control in SmartLab Studio II
c) measurement of test samples (strategies and techniques)
d) application of XRF reduction mode
6. SmartLab Studio II introduction; basic and qualitative analysis - exercise
Day 2
9:00 – 12:00 1. Introduction to the Rietveld Method; Rietveld refinement - exercises
14:00 – 17:00 2. Hands on MiniFlex II – practical advanced usage
a) installation of sample holders and sample stages
b) basic maintenance
c) alignment and angle correction procedures
3. SmartLab Studio II Comprehensive Analysis, Crystallinity, FP-Method
Day 3
9:00 – 12:00 1. SmartLab Studio II Quantitative phase analysis
2. SmartLab Studio II Quantification of amorphous phases
14:00 – 17:00 3. SmartLab Studio II Crystal structure solution and refinement
4. SmartLab Studio II Macros and automation
5. Q&A, Summary and closing


Note: During training course, the latest version of software for instrument control and analysis software that is available on the market is used. Therefore, details of the operation might be different from your environment. Our trainers are more than happy to discuss the operations on your version of the software.

The training program is prepared to fit online format. If the travel situation improves the training may take place at Rigaku Europe SE laboratory as on-site format or as hybrid format. Appropriate change in the program will be then communicated to participants.