Characterisation of amorphous and nanocrystalline molecular materials by total scattering

Simon J L Billinge, Timur Dykhne, Pavol Juhas, Emil Bozin, Ryan Taylor, Alastair Florence, Kenneth Shankland

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The use of high-energy X-ray total scattering coupled with pair distribution function analysis produces unique structural fingerprints from amorphous and nanostructured phases of the pharmaceuticalscarbamazepine and indomethacin. The advantages of such facility-based experiments over laboratory-based ones are discussed and the technique is illustrated with the characterisation of a melt-quenched sample of carbamazepine as a nanocrystalline (4.5 nm domain diameter) version of form III.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1366-1368
Number of pages3
Issue number5
Early online date19 Oct 2009
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • nanocrystalline molecular materials
  • crystals
  • x-rays
  • scattering


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