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MCL XRD Training Instructions

To Become an Independent user on MCL's X-ray Diffraction Equipment, please follow and complete the instructions below:

  1. Set up a RIMS account and add a budget/fund. Instructions
  2. Complete the EH&S requirements for "Radiation Safety Education for Radiation Producing Equipment (X-ray)" training. You will receive a certificate of completion from EH&S. Instructions
  3. Complete the EH&S requirements for Laboratory Safety training. You will receive (4) certificates of completion from EH&S. Instructions
  4. Upload (5) certificates received in the previous steps [(1)Training Certificate for Initial X-ray Safety and (4) Laboratory Safety Training (initial)] here
  5. E-mail Melissa (mma10@psu.edu) three items:
    1. The date that you enrolled in the hands-on session "Radiation Safety Education for Radiation Producing Equipment (X-ray)" in step 2 above.
    2. Your availability for one week after you attend "Radiation Safety Education for Radiation Producing Equipment (X-ray) training.
    3. A date from the list below to attend a 1 hour Basic XRD Tutorial scheduled from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  This covers basic diffraction theory. You can do this prior to taking "Radiation Safety Education for Radiation Producing Equipment (X-ray)” as long as you have a valid budget/fund in RIMS.

      Wednesday, March 4 (11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)
      Thursday, March 26 (10:45 - 11:45 a.m.)
      Wednesday, April 8
      Thursday, April 23
      Wednesday, May 6

Melissa will schedule your Initial Instrument training (N-008 MSC) and Basic XRD Tutorial (N-050A MSC).

To get the most from your instrument training, please visit this Canvas course, “X-ray training at MCL.”

The course material is available via Penn State’s Course management system, Canvas https://canvas.psu.edu/  click “Canvas login” and click on “Courses.”

Choose “X-ray training at MCL.”  This course contains videos that describe the instrument and basic safety rules for the lab.  There is a short quiz at the end.  If you view the videos and complete the quiz with a score of 90% or higher, this will reduce the amount of time required to complete the instrument training session.

You must bring at least two samples, a tablet, and a pen or pencil to Initial Instrument training. 
Upon completion of this session, using materials provided in the lab and/or your notes, you should be able to operate the instrument independently.

Following initial instrument training, the analyst will schedule a Solo Session on the instrument. This is typically a 1 ½ hour session in which you will demonstrate that you are competent on the tool. A solo session involves you operating the tool independently while a staff member is present to help if needed. You must come prepared with at least two samples to measure and notes you took during training.

When you successfully complete your solo session, you will be granted access to the tool.

If you have questions on any of these steps, please contact Melissa (mma10@psu.edu).