Appl Note 1019

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Application of Powder Diffraction in Drug Discovery



Common Phases

Sample Preparation

Phase Identification

Phase Quantification

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Application of Powder diffraction  for study of pharmaceuticals

Chemistry and Pharmacology:

  • Technological control of phase composition of initial, intermediate and final products.
  • Study and control of catalysis processes.
  • Constitution diagrams study.
  • Drug design study and control.
  • Study of adducts, interstitial compounds such as clathrate compounds and many other chemical compounds classes.




  1. “RIETVELD QUANTITATIVE X-RAY DIFFRACTION (RQXRD) OF COMPLEX PHARMACEUTICALS,” Brad W. McIntyre and Ryan S. Winburn, Great Lakes Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Minneapolis, MN, June 2002




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