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Elemental Analysis

X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) analysis is a simple, highly accurate test method used to determine a material’s chemical composition. Each of the elements present in a sample produces a unique set of characteristic x-rays that is a "fingerprint" for that specific element. XRF analyzers determine the chemistry of a sample by measuring the spectrum of the characteristic x-ray emitted by the different elements in the sample when it is illuminated by x-rays. XRF provides both qualitative and quantitative information on a wide variety of sample types. It can quantify elements from beryllium (Be) up to americium (Am) in concentrations from 100% down to sub-ppm level.

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X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) analysis is a simple, highly accurate test method used to determine a material’s chemical composition. Each of the elements present in a sample produces a unique set of characteristic x-rays that is a "fingerprint" for that specific element. XRF analyzers determine the chemistry of a sample by measuring the spectrum of the characteristic x-ray emitted by the different elements in the sample when it is illuminated by x-rays.

The main advantages of utilizing XRF spectroscopy for qualitative or quantitative analysis of material composition are, that it is nondestructive, can analyze several elements simultaneously from Na to U in the periodic table, analysis time is short, and capable to analyze samples of different types including powders, granules, films, pellets, beads, discs, filters, fibers, castings, organo-metallics and more.

This analytical technique is widely used for a variety of materials including ceramics, minerals, glasses, polymers and metals, over many different industry applications. Our chemical analysis experts in DKSH are ready to provide you with precise data regarding the properties of your materials. 

Our offering includes:

  • Screening analysis
    - Typical sample type: loose powders, pressed powder pellets, fused glass beads, liquids or solids
    - Elements covered: screening analysis of up to 75 elements
     
  • Analysis of major oxides using fusion
    - Typical sample type: solid geological and allied materials
    - Compounds covered: SiO2, TiO2, Al2O3, Fe2O3, Mn3O4, MgO, CaO, Na2O, K2O, P2O5, SO3, F, Cl, V2O5, Cr2O3 NiO, CuO, ZnO, SrO, BaO, ZrO2, HfO2 and PbO

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