XRF Short Courses

Annual XRF Short Course

It is open to all who are working or intend to work in X-ray spectrometric analysis. No previous knowledge or background in X-ray spectrometry is required.

Topics to be covered:

Day 1

  • Introduction: What is XRF? WDXRF And EDXRF?
  • X-ray Physics
  • WDXRF Spectrometer Components
  • EDXRF Spectrometer  Components
  • Practical: Look Inside Each WDXRF And EDXRF And What They Can Do

    Day 2

    • Qualitative XRF Analysis
    • Setting Up An Analytical XRF Program:
      •        WDXRF
      •        EDXRF
      •        Optimizing Parameters - FOM
    • Practical: Choose Parameters For Different Analytical Problems 

    Day 3

    • Introduction to Matrix Effect:
    •         Absorption And Mass Absorption Coefficients
    •         Enhancement
    •         Particle Effects, Mineralogical Effects, Chemical Effects
    •         Infinite Thickness
    • Background Corrections
    • Spectral Overlap Corrections
    • Practical: Calculate Analyzed Layer Thickness

    Day 4

    • Calibration:
    •         Reference Materials (RMs)
    •         Measuring RMs And Samples
    •              Counting Statistics
    •         Matrix Corrections:
    •              Methods Of Calibration:
    •                    Exact Matrix Match
    •                    Internal Standards
    •                    Compton Peak Intensity
    •              Mathematical Correction
    •        Setting Up A Calibration Curve
    • Validation
    • Quality Control 
    • Method Maintenance
    • Summary:     
    •         Advantages/Disadvantage XRF
    •         WDXRF vs EDXRF
    •         Discussion

    Day 5 – Sample Preparation Workshop

      • Representative Sampling
      • Specimen Preparations:
      •       Pressed Powder Briquettes
      •       Metals And Liquid Samples
      •         
    •       Borate Fusion Technique
    • Sample Preparation Demonstrations

    Advanced XRF Method Development Course

    Advance XRF Course is in a NEW format, concentrating on the practical Method Development aspect for new applications. The approach is following Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) guidelines and enriched with many real-world examples from the experience of the lecturers. The aim is to ingrain the steps, thus giving the participants a framework and successful tools. Once completed, the participants will be more successful in developing methods and able to deliver better methods in a shorter time.

    Advanced XRF Method Development Course is built on the fundamentals of XRF from the above course. Because of the intense and demanding nature of the program, prior attendance at the above short course is required. In exceptional circumstances, a participant may be accepted where their background and experience are considered equivalent.

    However, Advance XRF Method Development Course will be offered only every 2 or 3 years depending on interest.

    Click here to leave your contact information if interested in attending the Advanced XRF Method Development Course in 2020.

    The Advance XRF Method Development Course will offer:

    • In-depth look at optimized instrument parameters, mathematical matrix corrections, and validation.
    • Hands-on WDXRF and EDXRF method development where a group will develop a method from set-up to validation.
    • Advanced Sample Preparation Workshop covering:
    •               Advanced Borate Fusion Technique
    •                     Optimization of borate fusion Flux
                          Oxidizing Borate fusion

    •                      Polishing Pt-ware; Pt Lifecycle

                   Advanced Pressed pellet
                           Pressed Pellet with International Standards
                           Synthetic standards/ Mixing CRM’s

                  Liquid Sample Preparation

                  Polymer hot pressing

                  Micro samples Preparation Methods

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