Precious metals

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Precious metals

The most common precious metals are gold (Au), silver (Ag) and platinum (Pt). These elements are chemically less reactive than most elements and therefore are ideal as corrosion-resistant elements.
PANalytical offers advanced solutions to meet the requirements of this specialized industry and is providing the right analytical tool for the geologist, process control operator or the quality control department.

X-ray diffraction (XRD) is a key tool for the characterization of minerals that are related to the precious metals. The efficiency of the beneficiation such as flotation of the raw ores strongly depends on the mineralogy of the ore. Therefore the CubiX³ Minerals diffractometer is the preferred tool for metallurgists in precious metals mining and processing. Refineries use XRD as method to optimize the production of pure precious metals.

Typical applications include:

  • Mineral identification for geological exploration
  • Elemental analysis for process control
  • Monitoring precious metal content in furnace slags
  • Grade control for compositional mapping of ore deposits and drill cores

In addition PANalytical offers near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy based on ASD technology as a rapid and reliable analytical technique for the analysis of natural and processed precious metal ores and products.

What is XRD?
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X-ray diffraction is the only laboratory technique that reveals structural information.
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