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Ceramic Materials and Powder Diffraction



Winnie K. Wong-Ng


Contrary to general public’s perception of ceramics as primarily encompassing art work, table ware, porcelain enamels, tiles, and sanitary ware, ceramics cover a broad range of materials and applications. We have attempted to categorize these materials in terms of both their functions and applications, from traditional ceramics to modern advanced ceramics. Powder diffraction has been shown repeatedly to provide the most critical and versatile tools for characterization many different aspects of ceramic materials. As many ceramic materials (regardless of their applications) exhibit similar features during processing and manufacturing (sintering and grain growth, texture, residual strain, microstructure evolution, etc.), the applications of diffraction techniques have been demonstrated with selected representative applications. In many cases, the combined use of powder diffraction (laboratory X-ray, synchrotron X-ray, neutron diffraction, electron diffraction) with other tools or specialty techniques is either absolutely necessary or greatly beneficial for the characterization of the specific ceramic material at hand.
Powder Diffraction (volume H of International Tables for Crystallography)
Publisher Info
Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, -1


Ceramics, History of development, Categories, Functions and applications of ceramics, Applications of powder diffraction to ceramics


Wong-Ng, W. (2019), Ceramic Materials and Powder Diffraction, Powder Diffraction (volume H of International Tables for Crystallography), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, -1 (Accessed March 2, 2024)
Created September 15, 2019, Updated February 24, 2020