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Since the 1990s, the automotive industry has become the largest consumer of platinum (Pt), palladium (Pd), and rhodium (Rh) on account of the arrival of catalytic converters in car exhaust systems. Approximately 40% of the total Pt, 74% of the total Pd and 80% of the total Rh were consumed by the auto catalyst industry in 2012.

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As it has been previously demonstrated[1], borate fusion using an M4TM gas instrument, coupled with Wavelength Dispersive XRF, has the qualities needed to comply with the analytical targets described in both the ASTM C 114[2] and the ISO/DIS 29581-2[3]. As the demand for electric fusion devices increases in the cement industry, it is of interest to evaluate the performance of the LeNeo electric fusion instrument to assess its capacity to comply with these analytical standard test methods using the same calibration strategy. .

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The analysis and determination of metals and trace metals in high silica and alumino-silicate samples such as catalysts and Zeolites are never easy, mainly because of the dissolution process. Samples containing silica often need hazardous chemicals (HF), strong acids (HClO4 ) or microwave digestions.

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Sand is mostly used as a raw material in the production of many industrial products such as glass and cement, while aluminosilicates are used in the building, refractory and catalyst industry. It is important to know the exact compound concentrations of these materials so they remain within the tolerances over time and ensure the constant quality of final products. By knowing the exact concentration of raw materials to use for the creation of final products, you avoid waste and save costs.

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This application note describes the texture analysis of a rolled copper specimen. The experimental data were measured on a multi-purpose X-ray diffraction system equipped with a texture cradle.. In polycrystalline solid materials, such as a wide class of metals and ceramics, usually the orientation of the crystallites, constituting the matrial, is not distributed randomly, like in an ideal powder specimen. In most cases a preferred orientation of the crystallites with respect to the sample reference frame is present. In materials science this preferred orientation is referred to as texture. .

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X'Pert3 MRD (XL)
Date:
July 20 2017
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English
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This application note demonstrates the performance of the Axios FAST XRF spectrometer for the analysis of Al-Si and Al-Mg alloys.. Accurate and fast elemental analysis during the production process of aluminum and its base materials is a critical requirement. Measurements were performed using an Axios FAST simultaneous X-ray fluorescence spectrometer equipped with a 4 kW Rh SST-mAX X-ray tube. .

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Axios FAST
Date:
July 20 2017
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English
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In this study we have set up and made separate calibrations in accordance with the methods stipulated in both ASTM D2622-10 and ISO 20884:11 norms.. The latest 2010 version of ASTM D2622 is the most stringent test method in terms of repeatability and reproducibility. .

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The Petro edition of Zetium
Date:
August 2 2017
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English
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Objectives:. (i) to estimate mineralogical composition specifically clay mineralogy from the spectra, (ii) to qualitatively compare mineral concentrations calculated from XRF and XRD analyses, as well as mineral groups identified through SEM and microscopic petrography work with NIR results.. NIR spectroscopy has been widely used in different scientific fields such as biology and medicine. However, it has been rarely used in mineral identification in finer sedimentary rocks specifically mudrocks. This work will allow us to verify the accuracy of this technique compared with XRF and XRD..

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ASD range
Date:
May 25 2018
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English
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This application study was designed to demonstrate the performance of the Epsilon 5 EDXRF spectrometer and to show that the instrument meets the analytical challenge of analyzing Fe, Cu, Ni, As, Cd and Pb in edible oils. The long term stability and precision of the instrument is also demonstrated.. The refining processes for products such as edible oils require the addition of catalysts in the correct proportions to optimize the processing reactions. These catalysts also contain elements such as Ni and Fe that must be removed from the oils during the later stages of the refining process. .

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Detection limits for typical medium-power wavelengthdispersive spectrometers (WDXRF) configured for geological applications are illustrated in this application note.. A series of soil and rock standards were used to calibrate the application. The soil samples were analyzed in the form of pressed powder pellets.

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Proceedings of ASD and IEEE GRS; Art, Science and Applications of Reflectance Spectroscopy Symposium, Vol. III, 6pp, Boulder, CO

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This application study demonstrates the performance of the Epsilon 5 EDXRF analyzer according to the EPA method IO-3.3, with the elemental range extended from 44 to 55 elements.. The presence of toxic pollutants in the air has been a subject of research for many years. The measurement of the elemental composition of the particulate matter is a key factor in understanding the long-term health effects of pollution. .

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A single point calibration line is set up for each element using fundamental parameter calculations and concentrations are derived from the measured intensities. To demonstrate the performance of Auto Quantify, certified reference materials were analyzed.. Comprising one measurement program, Auto Quantify covers all elements from Na to U and quantitative results can be obtained for a wide variety of sample types. .

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Many analytic applications benefit from the ability to measure very small samples non-destructively. Typical applications of near-infrared analysis require sample sizes of 5 to 50 grams. The purpose of this evaluation was to determine if sub-gram quantities of sample could be used with the ASD LabSpec 4 Standard-Res i. A set of dried ground corn stover samples was used for this study to evaluate this small sample size capability. ASD’s spectrometer system was used with very small samples in micro-centrifuge tubes to allow higher throughput in the lab thus reducing costs associated with the NIR analysis.

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A study by the Academic Laboratory of Materials Research of Paintings (ALMA) in Prague, Czech Republic has shown that X-ray powder micro-diffraction can be used for the investigation of salt damage. The use of X-ray microdiffraction enabled the research team to identify the probable causes of damage to an ancient fresco.. Pigment degradation, often resulting in color changes, causes serious damage to wall paintings. Many factors lead to pigment degradation including sunlight, air pollution, salts and microorganisms. Of these, salts are one of the most damaging agents, especially for artworks of a porous nature such as wall paintings. .

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Empyrean
Date:
July 21 2017
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English
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In this paper we present how SAXS measurements can be performed on a multi-purpose X-ray diffractometer platform. Application examples for nanopowders, colloids, nanocomposites and porous materials will be given.. A multi-purpose X-ray diffractometer platform was configured for small-angle X-ray scattering measurements. This technique was applied to nanoparticle and pore size distribution determination in nanopowders, colloidal dispersions, nanocomposites and porous materials in a range of 1-100 nm. .

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Empyrean Nano edition
Date:
July 21 2017
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English
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This application note describes reflectivity measurements on non-ideal sample surfaces. It demonstrates the improvement of the reflectivity curves by the use of a beam knife in measurements on curved glass samples and shows the necessity of the beam knife to get accurate data from this kind of sample.. Grazing incidence X-ray reflectivity extends the area of analytical methods for thin layers. It allows the determination of many important characteristic parameters as layer thickness, interface roughness, layer density and interdiffusion effects between layers. .

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X'Pert3 MRD (XL)
Date:
July 21 2017
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English
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The FieldSpec 4 spectroradiometer we received during the Goetz Instrument Support Program award period was used for the non-invasive analysis of a selection of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts (10th-16th century) in the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, UK. Since sampling or contact with the artwork is not required, FORS is a very useful method for the technical analysis of manuscripts, for which sampling is very rarely allowed. We analysed selected folios within 23 bound manuscripts, as well as 22 manuscript cuttings and a 17th century colour chart (Trinity College 310.b.6A.8). Green pigments were surveyed on 7 additional manuscripts, and spectra were acquired on 5 paintings at the Hamilton Kerr Institute. Almost 2500 reflectance spectra were collected on the manuscripts alone, and in-depth data processing is still ongoing. In order to correctly identify the different pigments and paint binders used on the manuscripts, we also created a database by acquiring spectra on ‘test samples’ made of historic pigments bound in different media and painted on glass and parchment.

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In-plane diffraction Application Note

This application note provides a basic introduction to in-plane diffraction. It includes a short description of the technique and demonstrates its application on the X’Pert PRO MRD.. Many different in-plane diffraction experiments are possible on the X’Pert PRO MRD system, incorporating different types of scan and using different PreFIX optical modules. Examples of different types of experiment are described in this note together with practical tips highlighting the specific areas of concern in in-plane diffraction. .

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X'Pert3 MRD (XL)
Date:
July 21 2017
Language:
English
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The industrial application of Near Infrared (NIR) analyses for characterizing the chemical constituencies of a substance started in the 1950. The use of remotely sensed spectral measurements and chemometric analysis however is a relatively new field of research. In the spring of 2009, Dr. Kevin Price at Kansas State University offered the first KSU course in Spectroscopy (hyperspectral analysis) and Chemometric Analysis.In preparing such a course, one will soon find that there are no textbooks on this topic; therefore, the first 1/3 of the semester was spent reading assigned articles to acquaint students with the basic concepts in the field. Later students were introduced to hyperspectral analysis methods including: Principal Components Analysis, Multiple Regression Analysis, 3-D visualization methods, and Derivative Analysis. Students used a hand-held 2000+ band spectroradiometer to collect spectra from compounds such as: salt, sugar (granular and powered), flour, baking powder, baking soda, garlic power, black pepper, and paprika. Students entered their spectral measurements into the ViewSpec program to display, statistically analyze and export their spectra to a spreadsheet file format. Students were required to complete a report describing observed spectral differences among compounds and display the spectra in various graphic formats. Students, in groups of 2 or 3 used the GRAMS chemometrics software to analyze spectra of dry and live grasses that were placed on light and dark soil backgrounds, and to estimate crop leaf and stem N, P, and K nutrient contents. Student hands-on projects proved to be intellectually stimulating and all the students took an active role in their respective groups. Student findings showed considerable promise in using spectroradiometer measurements and chemometric analysis methods for quantifying rangeland grass cover over dark and light soils, and leaf nutrient content of Great Plains crops.

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