Elemental Analysis Masterclass 1 - the theory of X-ray Fluorescence (XRF)

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00:00:00 XRF Masterclass 1Theory of X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF) 
00:05:33 Content
00:06:28 What is XRF?
00:07:40 The Periodic Table of the Elements
00:10:04 Why use XRF?
00:13:43 Where is XRF used?
00:14:53 Benefits of XRF over ICP and AAS
00:18:01 What are X-rays ?
00:19:16 Production of x-rays in a sample
00:20:41 Production of x-rays in a sample
00:23:13 Characteristic radiation: the process
00:23:44 Characteristic lines: electron shells
00:25:31 The X-ray fluorescence spectrometer
00:26:32 Different types of XRF spectrometers
00:28:15 ED-XRF vs WD-XRF
00:30:05 ED-XRF technology
00:30:42 ED-XRF optics: basic differences
00:31:44 Simple 2D ED-XRF Optics
00:32:27 Polarized ED-XRF
00:33:28 WD-XRF technology
00:34:43 WD-XRF technology
00:35:38 Overview XRF technologies
00:37:56 Instrument calibration
00:38:06 Principle of XRF
00:39:15 Overview
00:41:14 Conventional calibration
00:41:47 Conventional calibration
00:42:35 Conventional calibration: set-up
00:43:53 Conventional calibration: routine analysis
00:44:45 Standardless analysis
00:45:00 Elemental SCREENING
00:46:43 Conclusion
00:47:17 Conclusions
00:49:19 Master classes:1. Theory of XRF2. ED versus WD-XRF3. Sample preparation – fused bead versus pressed powder
00:50:11 Thank you for your interest
00:50:33 Q&A

This is the first of three masterclass web seminars covering X-ray Fluorescence, the theory and basics of X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy was presented. Join us for one or all three.

X-ray fluorescence (XRF) is an analytical technique that can be used to determine the chemical composition of a wide variety of sample types including solids, liquids, slurries, and loose powders. It can quantify elements from beryllium (Be) up to americium (Am) in concentrations from 100% down to sub-ppm levels. This masterclass explained the theory of XRF, its principles, the different types of XRF spectrometers: wavelength dispersive (WDXRF) and energy dispersive (EDXRF), and its benefits in comparison with other elemental techniques like ICP and AAS.


Dr. Lieven Kempenaers

Twenty years ago, in 1999 Lieven Kempenaers started his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) with dedicated focus on the use of X-rays in elemental analysis. In the course of his PhD, Lieven wrote many articles of which one was awarded as "best article of the year 2000".

In 2003 Lieven completed his PhD in Chemistry and used his XRF knowledge and experience as an XRF Application Specialist and later on as Product Manager for PANalytical, the Netherlands. After 5 years, he was re-located to the Asia Pacific regional head quarters in Singapore and took on the assignment as Asia Pacific Regional Product Manager XRF. 

Once back in the Netherlands in 2012, he used his Asia Pacific experience as the global product manager for the benchtop XRF instruments.

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Who should attend?

  • Everybody working in a process control or QC environment, or research and development laboratory, in every industries segment

Why attend?

  • To obtain a better understanding of the XRF technique, the different types and its advantages and disadvantages, in comparison with other elemental techniques like ICP and AAS