Analysis of a meteorite using combined technologies demonstrating advanced X-ray capabilities

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Breaking the boundaries of material analysis

Meteorites are fragments of the solar system formation. Most of these meteorites have not gone through any geological transformations over billions of years but have remained intact since the formation of the solar system. Knowing more about the composition and mineral phases of meteorites can bring us a step closer to understanding how the solar system was formed.

This webinar aims to demonstrate the capabilities of using combined technologies for advanced materials analysis. The analysis of a meteorite demonstrates these capabilities but the technique can also be applied to other materials science applications.

Typically the detail in meteorites requires analysis on a much smaller spot size than traditional bulk X-ray fluorescence (XRF) techniques. Small spot analysis and elemental distribution mapping was conducted using a Zetium XRF spectrometer. Elemental compositions and mapped illustrations (qualitative and standardless) were then compared to phase identification using X-ray diffraction for cross verification. To further study the meteorite, 3D CT measurements were also conducted using an Empyrean X-ray diffractometer. The discussion will include some of the practical aspects of the measurements including the time needed to conduct such measurements. 


Webinar details 

Panelist: Christos Tsouris

Christos works as the Zetium Product Manager at Malvern Panalytical working specifically with XRF research and development projects. Before joining Malvern Panalytical, Christos worked in the mining industry, with Anglo American in South Africa, for 7 years. Here he worked across the value chain of mining, providing XRF and QAQC technical support to laboratories, or developing new XRF methods.

Co-panelist: Nicholas Norberg, XRD Application Specialist, Malvern Panalytical B.V., The Netherlands.

Nicholas Norberg studied mineralogy and crystallography in Vienna (Austria) dealing with radiation damage in minerals before moving to Potsdam (Germany) where he was working in the field of experimental mineralogy studying mineral chemistry and physics at elevated temperatures and pressures. He joined Malvern Panalytical in Almelo (the Netherlands) as an application specialist for XRD in 2011.