ICDD X-ray Fluorescence Clinic
During the past five decades, the use of X-ray analytical methods has increased in the areas of materials characterization and phase identification. The wide range of applicability of the X-ray fluorescence method has made it a technique employed in thousands of laboratories all over the world.
I was delighted to find the scope of the Clinic actually more comprehensive than I expected.
Over the years, many techniques and procedures have been developed that greatly enhance the versatility of the method. The purpose of the X-ray clinic is to combine theoretical and practical application of X-ray fluorescence spectrometry. The clinic is presented in a week-long session and is directed to both relative newcomers in the field and to more experienced users wishing to broaden their understanding of fundamental concepts and established procedures. The major emphases are the acquisition of reliable experimental data and qualitative phase identification using manual search techniques, and computer-based methods of qualitative and quantitative phase analysis.
The format of the clinic is a combination of morning lectures and afternoon recitations and workshops. Ample opportunity for individual student-faculty interaction exists throughout the week, including small recitation and workshop groups and a session where students can discuss their applications and problems with the entire faculty.
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- Fundamentals of X-ray Physics
- WDX and EDX X-ray spectrometry instrumentation
- Qualitative and semi-quantitative analysis
- Introduction to quantitative analysis
- Types and sources of error
- Precision and accuracy
- Calibration strategy
- Drift, line and interelement correction application
- Fundamental parameters
- Maintaining instrument integrity
- Specimen preparation
- XRF instrumentation, components, scope, and comparison using live and disabled WDX and EDX instrumentation.
- Selection of parameters for operation
- Demonstration of personal computer exercises in qualitative and semi-quantitative WDX and EDX analysis
- Demonstration of personal computer exercises employing polynomial regression, line overlap, empirical and fundamental parameter corrections during calibration
- Specimen preparation lecture and demonstration of the use of mixers, grinders, presses, fusion apparatus, etcetera
- Discussion of problems encountered by participants
Sessions are held:
- Monday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to
- Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
- Friday: 8:30 a.m. to Noon
On-site XRF or XRD Training Solutions
The ICDD can customize our leading edge educational clinics to meet the X-ray fluorescence or powder diffraction training needs of your employees. With on-site training, you will have the advantage of our faculty member’s dedicated attention, addressing the specific needs of your staff, all while working hands-on with your instrument. A minimum of six employees is required for this service.
To discuss further customized training at your location, contact:
Eileen Jennings, Education Coordinator
ICDD X-ray Fluorescence Clinic
TBD – more information coming soon!
Have a group of 3 or more attendees? Contact Eileen Jennings for pricing. To obtain the group discount, all registrations must be submitted at the same time. Registrations made before or after are not eligible for the discount.
Registration fees for training courses include lecture, workshop and lab materials as well as catered lunches on all full days. Payment must be received prior to the start of the course to attend. Online registrations will be accepted up until two weeks before the start of the course; after that time, please call for availability.
ICDD reserves the right to use any and all photographs taken throughout the course to promote the clinics without additional approval from you, the participant.
The Best Western Plus Concordville Hotel is the host hotel for the ICDD clinics. Book your accommodations within our room block and daily round trip transportation, will be provided to ICDD. Please be sure to use the Group Code for your particular clinic – found here.
The Best Western Plus Concordville Hotel also offers a government rate, please call the hotel directly (610) 358-9400 to book your stay. Please be aware, you will need to pay an additional fee for the daily transportation.
Tuition Waiver Opportunities
ICDD offers a limited number of tuition waivers for the XRF clinic. Faculty members and graduate students are encouraged to apply. If you are currently developing a program in X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF), and are interested in incorporating those topics into an established course, a tuition waiver can provide you with the opportunity to learn the principles and practices from some of the experts in the field.
Want more information, or wish to apply? Click here.
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 10 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.
A remarkably comprehensive and in-depth experience with XRF technology. The instructors themselves are distinguished professionals who really take the time to make themselves available to those who attend, and manage to communicate a definitive sense of passion about their work, research and experience. A must-see for those interested in getting involved in XRF and getting excited about what is next in the industry.
This clinic was very informative. I have learned so much about the techniques of sample prep and the understanding of the theory behind the use of the XRF and data analysis. I would recommend this clinic to anyone of all levels of XRF use.
The clinic was overall very good. Lots of information. Some parts covered subjects that I am not familiar with but will be in the future. I have many questions to take back to my work. Our applications are already set up but I understand a lot goes into obtaining good, quality data. Thanks for your teaching and awesome hospitality.