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The multipurpose solution for your analytical needs

With the Empyrean, PANalytical has set the new standard for a multipurpose diffractometer. In developing the ultimate X-ray platform for the analysis of powders, thin films, nanomaterials and solid objects, the PANalytical R&D team has redesigned all key components of the X-ray diffractometer from the ground up.

It is PANalytical's answer to the challenges of modern materials research, where the lifetime of a diffractometer is considerably longer than the horizon of any research project.

Highest data quality on every sample


Praised by scientists for its performance, Empyrean allows them to prepare for synchrotron beam time in the best possible way. The unrivalled collection of sample stages and optical components for Empyrean allows applications to be done in various ways: from ‘simple’ by just adding a few slits and analysis software to a standard geometry, to top performance using dedicated optics, sources and detectors. This is ideal for a multipurpose laboratory: if the need for a certain application increases, data quality and throughput time can be improved by adding dedicated modules.

Multipurpose and future proof

“The only thing constant in life is change”. This holds especially in a research environment, where the analytical needs often change with a redirection of the research program. New applications are easily added to an Empyrean system, making it the perfect answer for anything the feature will hold. New and exciting applications are constantly developed on this platform, keeping our customers on the cutting edge of technology.

PIXcel technology

The only X-ray detector that can be used as a point, line and area detector, the PIXcel3D is available as part of the Empyrean, a high-performance X-ray diffractometer platform. With PIXcel3D, PANalytical has been able to design a multipurpose system that handles measurements on powders, thin films, nanomaterials and solid objects in one instrument, with no compromise in data quality. The features include superior resolution and speed of data collection, extremely high dynamic range, high count rate linearity, and maintenance-free.

ScatterX78: High-performance SAXS/WAXS

The features include: attachment for small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering, versatile tool for nanoparticle and nanostructure analysis, compact, ergonomic and easy to use, accessible angular range: 0.08 - 78 deg 2theta,

unmatched data quality on a multipurpose XRD platform, suitable also for weakly scattering samples, and 2D SAXS option.


PreFIX is PANalytical’s proven proprietary concept that stands for pre-aligned fast interchangeable X-ray modules. Thanks to this PreFIX concept your diffraction system becomes flexible, fast and future proof. The PreFIX mounting method of optics and stages enables the diffractometer to be reconfigured thanks to a reproducible positioning in three dimensions with microns precision. This allows users to switch between different applications in a matter of minutes, making the Empyrean a real multipurpose diffractometer.

Good laboratory practice

Empyrean with its alignment-free PreFIX modules and measurement and analysis automation possibilities supports anyone who has good laboratory practice (GLP) in mind. In addition, every aspect of the Empyrean package, from the hardware to dedicated analysis solutions, comes with extensive tutorials for novice users yet offers access to all functions for experts.


DKSH is the exclusive distributor in Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Technical Specifications

Enclosure- Dimensions 1400 (w) x 1162 (d) x 1947 (h) mm
Enclosure- Weight 1150 kg
Enclosure- Accessibility Large doors, allowing access for up to four people simultaneously
Enclosure- Safety Meets all relevant worldwide regulations for electrical, mechanical and X-ray safety, with all anode types
Enclosure- Set-up System is on wheels for easy installation and relocation
Goniometer- Configuration Vertical goniometer, available in theta-theta or alpha-1 geometry
Goniometer- Radius and Interface 240 mm radius, interfaces are available to reduce the diffracted beam radius for specific applications
Goniometer- Usable Range Maximum usable range (depending on accessories) -111°< 2θ <168°
Goniometer- Linearity 2θ linearity equal or better than ±0.01°
Goniometer- Accuracy and Precision New generation direct optical encoding system (DOPS 2) for lifetime goniometer accuracy, using precisely aligned Heidenhain encoders and path tracking technology

Available models

PANalytical Empyrean X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD)

The standard Empyrean platform with the high resolution theta-theta goniometer is a true multi-purpose research diffractometer. Empyrean has the unique ability to measure all sample types - from powders to thin films, from nanomaterials to solid objects - on a single instrument. Thanks to the PreFIX concept for optics and stages, users can vary the application of choice in matter of minutes, without the need to realign the system. 

PANalytical Empyrean Alpha-1 X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD)

Empyrean Alpha-1 is configured with a unique symmetric Ge monochromator (Johansson type) giving perfect Cu or Co Kα1-only Bragg-Brentano reflection geometry data for structure determination, with unrivaled resolution, excellent peak symmetry, and ultra-low backgrounds. Thanks to the PreFIX concept on the tube housing, users can easily swap between Kα1-only configuration to Kα1,2 in a matter of minutes. 

  • Customizable for different applications while ensuring highest data qualiy and throughput.  

  • Future-proof adaptable XRD technology.  

  • Multipurpose detector system handles measurements on powders, thin films, nanomaterials and solid objects in one instrument, with no compromise in data quality.  

  • Able to perform small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS/WAXS) measurements on nanomaterials.  

  • Diffractometer can be reconfigured in a matter of minutes for different applications, thanks to a reproducible positioning in three dimensions with microns precision.

Application Note

Winning the race with deeper insight

Empyrean X-ray diffractometer is a versatile platform for non-destructive materials investigation. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scattering give insight into lattice parameters, crystallographic structures, oxidation stages, and particle size. 

Empyrean XRD also has extensive in-operando capabilities to investigate the changes occurring in cathode and anode materials as the cell is charged
and discharged. Flexibility in X-ray source, optics, and detectors make the Empyrean able to investigate a wide range of battery cells.

Empyrean - The X-ray diffractometer from PANalytical

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Malvern PanalyticalMalvern Panalytical was formed by the merger of Malvern Instruments Limited and PANalytical B.V. on 1st January 2017, has headquarters in both Almelo (the Netherlands), and in Malvern (UK), and employs over 2,000 people worldwide. The combined entity is a strong player and innovator in the materials characterization market and will leverage the strengths of the individual companies in their end markets, ranging from building materials to pharmaceuticals and from metals and mining to nanomaterials.
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