Capabilities and Applications

The list of potential applications electron imaging and x-ray microanalysis is long and interdisciplinary. Together, the electron microprobe and micro-XRF may be applied to both basic and applied research in many areas. For example:
 

Archaeology, Art history, Museum curation

Paints and pigments, archaeological glasses, metals and alloys, gemstones, authenticity


Biology, Medicine, and Health

Pharmaceuticals, medical technology and implants, nodule formation in plants, shells, bones and teeth


Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Construction

Concrete, brick, failure analysis, engine wear debris, ceramics and composites, turbines, aerospace


Energy – coal, oil, gas, and more

Analysis of drill cuttings and cores; analysis of trace minerals in coal and coal combustion products; fuel cells; batteries; catalysts


Environment

Environmental testing, characterizing and sourcing contaminants, airborne particles, soils


Forensics and Law enforcement

Characterization and detection of evidence: metals/alloys, glasses, paints, soils, fine particles, gun shot residue


Manufacturing and Metallurgy

Product testing, contaminant identification, quality control, R&D, alloys, welding and metal bonding development, corrosion


Mining and Geology

Mineral exploration & development, ore characterization, and mineral processing optimization; gemstones; igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic petrology; faults and fractures; porosity; volcanic ash correlation & dating; meteorites


Semiconductors and Electronics

Solar cells, circuit boards, solder/bonding, defect analysis, compliance testing, thin films and surface coatings, optical fibers