XRD and XRF Lab

  1. Scintag® XDS2000 – X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis for bulk and clay minerals and XRD trace analysis with Jade+® 9.5
  2. Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (ED-XRF) facility. A custom Rigaku NEX CG system with a high-performance silicon drift detector. The lab can quantify elemental concentrations of sodium to uranium in solid, powdered, or pelletized samples from part per million to percent levels. Possible analytes include (in order of atomic weight): Na, Mg, Al, Si, P, S, K Ca, Ti, Mn, Fe, Cl, V, Cr, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, As, Se, Br, Rb, Sr, Y, Nb, Mo, Ag, Cd, Sb, Ba, Pb, Th and U.
  3. Portable Infrared Mineral Analyzer (PIMA)®
  4. Hunter® colorimeter - measures color and gives numerical values correlating to observations
  5. Shatterbox and McCrone® micronizing mills - sample size reduction


  Rates (costs per sample analysis)

XRD#            Bulk Powder     Bulk Powder (McCrone)     Clay Fraction (<2 μm)     Clay Fraction (<16 μm)

                           XBP                        MBP                                    2CLAY                               16CLAY 

Internal              $79                         $123                                      $104                                    $117                              

External             $99                         $154                                      $130                                    $147

   # all rates include sample preparation, measurement, data analysis, consultation

XRF              Bulk (solid)      Powder      Pressed Pellet       Sample Preparation*      

Internal               $20               $26                   $30                            $6.61

External              $25               $33                   $38                            $8.23

   * i.e. crushing, grinding and sieving


   For more information contact the XRD and XRF lab manager: Martin Pentrak, +1(217) 300-5625