X - Ray Fluorescence Site: 2011 Spring Meeting.  PAST EVENT - go to the MEETING REPORT

12 - 14th April 2011                                  
University of Keele.

XRF Programme.

Link to BCA Meeting page for more meeting details and registration.

There is a comprehensive XRF programme over the three days including workshop day (see PDF workshop flyer)UPDATED!! and we encourage submission of dedicated XRF posters at this meeting.

Dave Taylor is the XRF representative on the planning committee. E-mail link at foot of page.

There will be a Commercial Exhibition and XRF vendors are encouraged to attend and give an Exhibitor talk.

2011 Spring Meeting XRF Overview

  '   Tuesday
12 April
13 April
14 April
AM Registration
IG Plenary
Nora De Leeuw
XRF Plenary
Margaret West.
Coffee & Exhibition
AM XRF: Sample Preparation Workshop
Margaret West

New Developments
Mark Ingham
XRF/XRD Applications
Guest Chair
12:30 IG AGM
Novel Techniques.
Dave Taylor
Lunch & Exhibition
PM XRF: Sample Preparation Workshop
Margaret West
David Beveridge.
Cultural Heritage
Tea & Exhibition
PM Calibration
Ros Schwarz
David Beveridge
  Exhibitors talks BCA AGM
Evening Posters & Exhibition
Buffet & Wine Reception
Conference Dinner

XRF Session Details

Tuesday 12th April 2011 - TRAINING DAY

Tick the "XRF Workshop" box on the registration form to ensure a place and get a CPD certificate.

11:00 - 12:30 XRF: Workshop - Sample preparation

Margaret West is organiser and chair.

This Masterclass is designed to offer practical advice on the ever expanding range of techniques available to prepare samples for analysis in the laboratory and in the field.

Delegates are invited to submit requests to for hints and tips to get the best from their samples and this Masterclass.

This first session will be devoted to fusion techniques including

    • calibration beads from CRMs and pure chemicals
    • routine samples
    • samples requiring special care
    • fluxes and additives
    • care of platinum ware
    • practical lab demonstrations

12:30 Lunch

13:30 - 15:00 XRF: Workshop - Sample preparation (cont).

This second session will concentrate on grinding and pressing powders, handling liquids and gels and dealing with those "unknowns" that sometimes demand attention.

15:00 Tea

15:30 - 17:00 Calibration.
Ros Schwarz is organiser and chair.

The Calibration Masterclass will focus on common problems in the selection of line and background positions. Some of the topics to be considered include:
When and why is it difficult to calibrate XRF?

    • Matrix mass absorption
    • Lack of standards
    • Line overlaps
    • Background overlaps
    • Range
      • Majors, Minors, Trace
    • Line and background selection
    • Resolution
    • Why do you need a background?
    • Background correction

Contact the session chair ( with details of your calibration if you would like it discussed during the Masterclass.

17:15 -18:45 XRF Exhibitors' Forum
Dave Taylor is organiser and chair.

Exhibitors will be allowed to give commercial talks aimed at encouraging delegates to visit their exhibition stand for further information. Exhibitors will be required to register in advance to give a presentation and the available time of 90 minutes will be divided equally to fit in all the talks.

Evening: Posters and Exhibition with buffet and wine.

Wednesday 13th April 2011

09:00 - 09:45 IG Plenary - Computational Studies of Biomaterials. Prof. Nora De Leeuw, UCL.

10:15 - 11:45 New Developments
Mark Ingham is organiser and chair.

    10:15 Using low cost CMOS sensors for X-ray imaging and spectroscopy. abstract...
    David Lane Cranfield University
    10:45 Bright spatially coherent synchrotron X-rays from a table-top source. abstract...
    Stefan Kneip Imperial College London
    11:15 Enhancing the light element performance of EDXRF by using a new Silicon Drift Detector with high transmission window. abstract...
    Mike Dobby, Bruker

11:45 - 12:30 XRF/XRD Applications
Guest chair.
    11:45 Characterisation of the phosphate surfactant in a latex using XRF and other techniques. abstract...
    David Beveridge, HARMAN technology Ltd.
    12:10 Environmental Applications for a new Benchtop XRD/XRF Instrument. abstract...
    Leah Cliff, Southampton University

12:30 Industrial Group AGM

13:30 - 15:00 Applications.
David Beveridge
is organiser and chair.

    13:30 Applications of High Power XRF in Geochemical and Environmental Laboratories. abstract...
    Didier Bonvin, Thermo Fisher Scientific
    14:00 New Test Methods for WDXF: Trace elements in Burner Fuels. abstract...
    Phil Russell, PANalytical
    14:30 The Balancing Act Between Versatility and Analytical Performance when Using ED XRF Instrumentation. abstract...
    Dirk Wissmann, SPECTRO Analytical Instruments GmbH

15:00 Tea

15:30 - 17:00 Applications continued.
David Beveridge
is organiser and chair.

    15:30 To be confirmed
    Speaker from Thermo
    16:00 X-ray fluorescence analysis of rocks by fusion method using a benchtop WD-XRF abstract...
    Paul Vanden Branden, Scientific and Medical for Rigaku
    16:30 To be confirmed
    To be confirmed

17:00 Break

18:00 BCA AGM.

Evening: Conference Dinner.

Thursday 14th April 2011

09:00 - 09:45 XRF Plenary Lecture
"Novel Techniques" - "It began with a helping hand." abstract...
Margaret West, West X-ray Solutions Ltd.

09:45 Coffee

10:15 - 11:45 Novel Techniques.
Dave Taylor is organiser and chair.

    10:15 XRF analysis of neurodegenerative brain tissue using synchrotron radiation. abstract...
    Joanna Collingwood, Warwick University.
    10:45 To be confirmed.
    Speaker to be confirmed
    11:15 ISO 17025 accreditation for fused bead methods. abstract...
    Rainer Schramm, FLUXANA GmbH

12:00 - 13:30 Cultural Heritage.
Joint Session XRF/PCG.
Co-chairs: Dave Taylor - IG & Winfried Kockelmann - PCG
This is a joint session of XRF and the Physical Crystallography Group covering applications of interest to a diverse audience related to cultural heritage.

    12:00 A comparison of WDXRF and neutron diffraction analysis techniques for the study of ancient silver coins from the Hallaton Treasure. abstract...
    Julia Farley, Leicester University
    12:30 The Cu6Sn5 phase 'problem' of tinned archaeological bronzes. abstract...
    Panagiota Manti, Cardiff University.
    13:00 A host of golden angels - Coin making in Tudor times explored by XRF and neutron diffraction. abstract...
    Andy Smith, Daresbury Laboratory

13:30 Closing Remarks.

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