Analytical Chemistry


Panalytical Empyrean XRD Rigaku ZSX Primus IV SpectroAmetek SPECTROLAB S

Analytical chemistry is carried out using equipment and techniques to separate, identify, and quantify materials.

This is done using a suite of analytical instruments providing quantitative analysis of materials. These instruments allow accurate analysis of light elements, ambient and high temperature crystallographic assessment, and elemental analysis on a wide variety of alloy bases.


  • X-ray diffractometry (XRD)
  • X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF)
  • Optical emission spectroscopy (OES)

These instruments are also supported by a range of preparation equipment.

Key Features

  • X-ray diffractometry (XRD) - To determine crystallographic structure of material, at temperatures up to 1600°C under vacuum, air, or inert atmosphere.
  • X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF) - That allows accurate analysis of materials, including metal powders and liquids, down to light elements.
  • Optical emission spectroscopy (OES) - For elemental analysis of metal samples across a variety of alloy bases to high levels of precision.

Applications and Capability

  • Method development and production of in-house standard for the accurate analysis of ‘new mixtures’ for which standard reference materials do not exist.
  • Analysis of metal powder using XRF as an alternative to Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) testing.
  • Mineral phase identification and quantification in materials from ambient to 1600°C using X-ray diffraction. Extensive knowledge of the assessment of phases in cement and slag materials.
  • Development work on a variety of materials to better understand the structure, composition, and properties to support improvements in design and application.

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