Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc

Quantitative Analysis of Fluorine (9F) by EDXRF

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Fluorine compounds possess a wide range of properties, including flame retardance, water repellency, anti-fouling property, and heat resistance, and are therefore used in a wide range of fields from articles for everyday use to semiconductors. However, since the 1980s, the problems of global warming and ozone depletion in addition to the potential for bioaccumulation have led to strengthened legislation and self-regulation. In response to these environmental problems and associated safety concerns, many of today's companies are beginning to use CFC substitutes and develop and promote products for reducing the adverse effects of anti-perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Here we introduce two examples of analysis of these products and test specimens using the EDX-800HS Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer.