Catalytic converters – designed to remove toxic gases and pollutants from car exhausts – contain the precious metals platinum (Pt), palladium (Pd), and rhodium (Rh). When a car reaches the end of its life, its catalytic converter is scrapped and the precious metals are recovered, extracted, and refined.
From scrap merchants to toll refineries, several stakeholders are involved in this ‘recycling chain’. To ensure that all of them are compensated fairly for their contribution, it’s essential to grade the converter’s high-value precious metal content accurately.
Value for every recycling-chain player
At Malvern Panalytical, we’ve created a fast, easy, transparent way to do this – all while meeting the highest safety standards. For every recycling-chain player, for every step of the recycling process.
Want to get better accuracy and precision from your handheld XRF spectrometer, while keeping your workflow as simple as possible? Our Epsilon 1 ED-XRF spectrometer is here for you.
Epsilon 1 produces precise, accurate data – quickly, cost-effectively, and with minimal operator involvement or sample preparation. It’s set up for Pd, Pt, and Rh analysis directly from the factory, so you can get started straight away.
The spectrometer is designed for ultra-safe operations and reproducible sample positioning. Plus, with its compact, robust design, all you need is a regular main connection! This easy operation makes Epsilon 1 the ideal choice for high-quality, on-site XRF analysis.
Epsilon 4 is a multi-functional benchtop XRF analyzer for elemental analysis of fluorine (F) to americium (Am), and from R&D through to process control. It can operate as the ideal main elemental analyzer for laboratories throughout the recycling chain, from collectors to refineries.
Combining the latest excitation and detection technologies with mature software and smart design, Epsilon 4’s performance is close to that of a floor-standing XRF spectrometer.
You can measure your samples directly as loose powders or as pressed pellets and receive results comparable to fire-assay or ICP analysis. All without the extensive sample preparation and chemical waste, and with much quicker turnaround times!
Central laboratory performance
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In our live demo at your desk, we show how our Epsilon benchtops, using X-ray fluorescence, offer a simple technique to use for automotive catalyst recycling. The method does not require extensive sample preparation or skilled operators with a chemistry background, but at the end the result will be an accurate content determination.
Combined with our advanced data models, this ensures precise measurement – every time. These world-class benchtop solutions can be used by every participant in the automotive catalyst recycling chain.
As well as determining the precious metal content in used automotive catalysts, XRF also provides the total elemental composition of the material, so you can address other operational challenges at the same time.