X-ray Diffraction (XRD)

Used for phase identification of a crystalline material, X-ray Diffraction (XRD) is a rapid analytical technique which provides information on unit cell dimensions and can also be used for quantitative determination of the minerals present.

X-ray Mineral Services are experts at quantification of whole rock and clay fraction samples using industry standard methods, modern XRD machines and over 50 years combined experience in analysing the data produced.

XRD quality control is maintained using internal calibration against known mineral standards and external checks using regular international round robin proficiency testing which includes the Reynolds Cup competition. For more information about our successful Reynolds Cup submission please click here.

X-ray Fluorescence (XRF)

X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) analysis provides quantitative information on the chemical composition of a sample.

XRF is used as a tool for identification of either the major or minor/trace elements present depending on how the sample is prepared and the calibration of the XRF instrument.

XRF quality control is maintained by regular validation against certified reference materials and external checks using international round robin proficiency testing including GeoPT to compare our performance with laboratories from around the world.