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August 24 - August 28

X-ray fluorescence spectrometry course

The five-day course provides participants with thorough understanding of the principles and practice of X-ray fluorescence analysis. The emphasis will be on the application of the XRF technique to trace element analysis in geological materials using wavelength dispersive X-ray spectrometry. The operating principles of the instrumentation will be explained and illustrated in detail, as well as how to select the optimum measurement parameters. Additional topics covered are sample preparation, matrix correction methods and an introduction to energy dispersive spectrometry.

The course materials include ‘Understanding XRF Spectrometry part 1’ (a book by James Willis and Andrew Duncan) together with lecture handouts. The content of the course and its presentation is vendor neutral. It is not a course on the instrumentation or software of a particular vendor.

Target audience

The course is taught in the framework of the MSc+ program for talents in Master education (University) and is appropriate for employees at a corresponding level. The course is also aimed at PhD-students in analytical sciences or related fields, who are not specialized in XRF spectrometry ANAC-basic course). Finally, it is suitable for graduates (BSc, MSc and PhD) interested in XRF spectrometry and seeking additional knowledge and understanding.

The following aspects will be covered during the course:

• Introduction to the principles of XRF
• Selection and setting of instrumental parameters
• Matrix effects
• Sample preparation
• Quantitative XRF analysis for major and trace levels
• Background and line overlap corrections
• Mass absorption coefficients and the relation to Compton radiation
• Fundamental parameter calculations

Course details

Language: English. The textbook and the handouts are also in English.
Course duration: 5 days

HAN, Laan van Scheut 2,
Nijmegen, the Netherlands

For registration and further information contact
Ms. Iris de Lange
+31 20 525 8393

  • X-ray fluorescence spectrometry course
  • Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • 24 August 2015, 00:00 - 28 August 2015, 00:00
  • UTC+01:00 Europe/Amsterdam
  • This course is jointly organized by COAST – Advancing Dutch Analytical Sciences and PANalytical B.V.

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