Handheld XRF

Handheld XRF

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The combination of portability, non-destructive on-site analysis, and relatively low cost has led to explosive growth in the use of handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometers.  Offering a wide array of capabilities, units are now being manufactured by dozens of different companies. Each unit combines state-of-the-art technology in miniaturized X-ray sources, advanced focusing optics and integrated Pocket PC technology for digital signal processing, telecommunications, and solid state reliability. Accessories such as GPS, wireless transmission, and integrated data analyses are being added to this platform, rapidly expanding the technology and its applications.

Portable, or handheld, XRF provides instant feedback for dynamic field use. This feature has been applied to metal sorting; RoHS WEEE; lead in paint; forensics, cultural heritage, environmental analysis; and mineral, mining and soil exploration. The workshop will focus on the basic physics, equipment, and optimized methods of analysis of handheld XRF spectrometers. While most applications are targeted for qualitative results, the workshop will show how to get the best results in any situation by having a basic understanding of the theory and practical limitations of these devices.  The workshop will use live instrumentation and hands-on laboratory analyses.

This 3-day workshop is designed for current users who are seeking best methods and optimized results. It is also designed to provide basic theory and applications for those interested in understanding the best instrumentation and accessories for a particular application.

Workshop Outline:


  • X-ray physics, excitation & properties of X-ray spectra
  • Precision and accuracy, counting statistics, limit of detection
  • Surface effects, penetration depth, sampling effects, mineralogical effects
  • What you need to know about your instrument:  energy dispersive spectrometry; overview of components; selection of parameters for operation
  • Radiation safety
  • Compton scatter, FP methods, calibrations
  • Comparison to certified values and ICP results


  • General metals analysis - including precious metals and light elements in heavy matrices
  • Consumer/RoHS products analysis - including surface /coatings considerations
  • Geochem/mining analysis - including light elements in complex matrices
  • Field Environmental - heavy metals in light matrices – soil, liquids and dust wipes
  • Cultural Heritage - including paints, coatings, and surface considerations for unique objects

Laboratory Hands-on

  • Specimen considerations and influence on results
  • Data Acquisition
  • Specimen surface
  • Irradiation depth
  • Tricks of the trade
  • Analysis of Results

John Anzelmo – Anzelmo & Associates, Inc., Madison, WI
Matthew Kreiner - Oxford Instruments, Concord, MA
John Patterson – Bruker Elemental, Kennewick, WA
Kim Russell – Olympus Innov-X, Woburn, MA
Mary Ann Zaitz – IBM Microelectronics, Hopewell Junction, NY

Fee and Registration:

Registration fees for training courses include lecture, workshop and lab materials as well as catered lunches on all full days.  Registrations will be accepted up until two weeks before the start of the course. After that, please call for availability. Payment must be received prior to the course to attend.

Registration Closed

Price: - $899 USD.

Tuition Waiver Opportunities

Cancellation Policy
ICDD must guarantee payment for meals and materials in advance. You will receive a 50% refund of the paid registration fee if your written cancellation is received at ICDD twenty business days prior to the start of class.

ICDD Headquarters
12 Campus Boulevard
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, 19073-3273 U.S.A.
Phone: +610.325.9814

Transfer, Cancellation and Refund Policy:

ICDD must guarantee payment for meals and materials in advance.  You will receive a 50% refund of the paid registration fee if your written cancellation is received at ICDD 20 business days prior to the start of the class.  With less notice, a colleague may take your place, or the course materials will be mailed to you, but no refund will be given.

Please note: A minimum of ten registrants per course is required, otherwise the course will be cancelled and your registration fee will be refunded. You will be notified of a course cancellation no later than two weeks prior to the start of the course. 

For More Information 
Contact Eileen Jennings, Education Coordinator, Tel: +610-325-9814, Fax: +610-325-9823, E-mail: clinics@icdd.com.