xrf sample preparation Articles

  • Sample preparation is the key to quality analysis with a laser analyser

    Sample preparation is the most important step of any chemical analysis. To get the best results with any elemental alloy analyser regardless of the technology, the sample must be clean before taking a measurement. Otherwise the results are always compromised at least to some extent. The effect of dirty surfaces will vary and some technologies are more forgiving to sample surface conditions than ...

  • Increased demand for XRF analyser hire

    Steve Drake, NDT Market Manager at Ashtead Technology believes that XRF is one of the most important technologies in the company’s fleet of NDT and environmental testing instruments. “With a small amount of training, almost anyone can implement detailed inspections in a wide variety of applications, and with most instruments being lightweight and robust, XRF analysers are among the ...


    By Ashtead Technology Ltd

  • Analyzing sulfur in soil and sediment with handheld XRF

    Background Sulfur creates more than nasty odors. Exposure to low levels (0-10ppm) of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) causes irritation of eyes, nose, and throat; higher levels can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, coughing, and breathing difficulty. H2S and numerous other odor-causing compounds are generated as a result of organic material decomposition. In the case of the Muddy River in ...

  • Comparing Field Portable X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) To Laboratory Analysis Of Heavy Metals In Soil

    ABSTRACT Field portable x-ray fluorescence (XRF) continues to gain acceptance as a complement to traditional laboratory testing of metal contaminated soil. The quality of data produced by field XRF varies with site conditions, soil composition, and sample preparation. Quality assurance protocols for the field method usually require that a number of field samples be split and sent to a ...

  • Lead (Pb) in Workplace Air by Niton 700 Series Field Portable X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Analyzer

    Procedure: Air samples are collected by drawing workplace air, using personal sampling pumps, through 37-mm mixed cellulose ester (MCE) filters mounted in polystyrene cassettes. Samples are prepared for XRF analyses by transferring each filter, along with the support pad, to a special air filter sample holder, specifically designed for a Niton XRF analyzer. Three separate 60-second readings are ...

  • Quantitative Analysis of Geological Samples- X-Calibur

    Abstract Quantitative and qualitative analysis of geological samples (rocks and river sediments) was performed on Xenemetrix EDXRF Benchtop Spectrometer System, model X-Calibur  Objective: Perform XRF measurements on certified geological reference materials to build calibration curves for the major oxides (Na2O, MgO, SiO2, Al2O3, SiO2, P2O5, ...


    By Xenemetrix Ltd.

  • Sample Handling Strategies for Accurate Lead-In-Soil Measurements in the Field and Laboratory

    ABSTRACT The inhomogenous lead-in-soil matrix can present serious obstacles to accurate sample collection and handling. In typical lead-in-soil measurement, particle size related errors in sampling and sample handling often exceed all other sources of error. The magnitude of error can vary widely depending on the particulate nature of the lead contaminant and the effectiveness of control ...

  • Quality control put to the test

    X-RAY FLUORESCENCE spectroscopy (XRF) is ideal for quality control as it is non-destructive, requires simplesample preparation, and is very fast and accurate. Alternative techniques often require time-consuming, costly, andpotentially hazardous preparation before measurements can be made. The MiniPal QC is the latest addition to Panalytical’s successful line of MiniPal benchtop XRF ...


    By PANalytical

  • Determination of the feasibility of using a portable x-ray fluorescence (XFR) analyzer in the field for measurement of lead content of sieved soil

    Soil samples collected in housing areas with potential lead contamination generally are analyzed with flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS) or other laboratory methods. Previous work indicates that field-portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis is capable of detecting soil lead levels comparable to those detected by FAAS in samples sieved to less than 125 μm in a laboratory. A ...

  • EPA Method 6200 and Field Portable X-ray Fluorescence Safety

    Overview: These training notes provide a brief introduction to x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis of soils. XRF has been used to characterize a broad range of materials for over twenty years. Recent advances in digital electronics and semi-conductor technology has yielded very portable XRF analyzers for field analysis of many sample types including soils. These notes will cover the following ...

  • Quantification of Ultra Low Sulfur in Diesel by Xray Fluorescence

    ASTM International has developed a number of testing methods for determination of sulfur content that focus on a variety of analyzer technologies but ASTM Method D4294 is the one that focuses on the use of energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence (EDXRF); which offers a relatively low cost analysis method that achieves fast results with limited sample preparation.  The applicable ...

  • On the suitability of Portable X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzers for rapid screening of toxic

    Abstract X-Ray Fluorescence spectrometry (XRF) has been routinely used for alloy testing, determination of Pb in paint, and determination of Cd in plastic. However, its use to screen for toxic elements in food and medicinal products has been surprisingly limited to date. While XRF is less sensitive than atomic spectrometry methods such as ICP-AES and ICP-MS, it offers a number of significant ...


    By Northern ANI Solutions Ltd.

  • Hired metals analyser ensures remediation success

    Cognition Land and Water Ltd, a UK based remediation specialist, has hired a portable XRF metals analyser to improve the speed of remediation work at a project in London’s Kentish Town. The project had a major impact on local residents so timescales were extremely tight but Cognition’s Charlie Jarvis says “It would not have been possible to meet the deadline without the use of ...


    By Ashtead Technology Ltd

  • Application note issue #5 - Cement Analysis August 2017

    Cement analysis using FP program (Fundamental Parameters) Cement is a blend of several minerals. It is critical to control the elemental composition and properties such as strength, setting, time and color. ED-XRF is being used to analyze the raw components, raw meal, clinker, and the final cement product (Na, Mg, Al, ...


    By Xenemetrix Ltd.

  • X-ray fluorescence analysis of additives and wear metals in used lubricating oils

    The determination of metal concentrations in lubricating oils is a very important diagnostic development. Such analysis dates back over 50 years, when one of its earliest uses was to assess engine oil from trains. Today, the analysis of both new and used lubricating oils, as well as the monitoring of trends in the metal concentrations and additives they contain, has become an essential control. ...


    By PANalytical

  • Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Seafood by EDXRF

    X- ray fluorescence analysis, in addition to its effectiveness in analysis of inorganic materials such as metals and ceramics, is also effective for the detection and quantitative analysis of minerals and heavy metals in foods. Not only can samples be analyzed directly without conducting time-consuming pretreatment, sensitive and accurate measurement is also possible using simple ...

  • Monitoring heavy metals for compliance with RoHS and WEEE directives

    The rapid expansion in the quantity of used electronic and electrical appliances has created a need to safely dispose of the used equipment. The European Community has introduced regulations to enforce limits on the amount of toxic metals and organic chemicals used in the production of material. Compliance with the regulations will help prevent hazards for future generations when the equipment is ...


  • Portable lead analyzer to locate source of lead

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate the sources of lead in the environment in children with elevated blood, with the help of a Field Portable X-Ray ...

  • LIMS is the Anchor for Next-Gen Mining - News from MINExpo 2012

    Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. exhibited its Next-Gen Mining portfolio during MINExpo 2012 in Las Vegas, September 24-26. The company’s highly integrated range of instruments, equipment and consumables, anchored by its industry-leading laboratory information management systems (LIMS), is the only offering that addresses all segments of the mining process, from early stage exploration ...

  • How a contract research lab advanced its polymer characterization capabilities

    Realizing the Advantages of Ultra-High-Performance Size Exclusion Chromatography Compared to GPC Intertek is a global provider of quality and safety services designed to help businesses improve products, assets and processes, overcome market constraints and reduce risks. From auditing and inspection, to testing, training, and certification, Intertek enables customers to meet end ...


    By Waters Corporation

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