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Analysis of Pb (lead) in paint films using Stratos

An application of the Stratos software solution is the analysis of Pb in paint films. Even though lead is a toxic metal, leadbased paint is used in some countries to paint interiors, toys, furniture, playground equipment and other articles with which children can come into contact. Young children are particularly at risk of ingesting lead through normal hand-tomouth activity. Therefore the Pb content in paint is limited and needs constant screening.

This study demonstrates the powerful capabilities of an Epsilon 3XLE, one of PANalytical’s benchtop EDXRF spectrometers - combined with the Stratos software module for determining the mass per unit area of Pb content in paint films using only one bulk standard instead of costly in-type standards.

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