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Small angle X-ray scattering: Anton Paar SAXSpoint 2.0

Contact: hatem.titi [at] (Hatem Titi) - Location: OM21

Faces scheduling system group: XRD_MCGILL

For usage and training information, please contact hatem.titi [at] (Hatem Titi).

Small-angle X-ray scattering is a method by which investigators can identify materials and obtain qualitative and quantitative information on their abundance and physical properties. This instrument has a setup to perform small- or wide-angle X-ray scattering on freestanding samples, powders prepared in various tapes, liquids in capillaries and gels in paste cells with transparent windows. In addition, the machine is equipped with Grazing-incidence small- and wide-angle scattering (GISAXS and GIWAXS).


  • Protein analysis
  • Polymers in solution
  • Fibers
  • Structural biology
  • Colloidal dispersions
  • Emulsions
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Nanoparticles in solution
  • Liquid crystals
  • Porous materials
  • Thin films

Measurements can be made of

  • Particle size and particle size distribution
  • Particle shape
  • Internal structure
  • Structural changes
  • Structural dynamics
  • Porosity
  • Crystallinity
  • Molecular mass
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