The chemical and petrochemical market offers a diverse array of applications. While many processes involve organics that are not readily measured by XRF, there are many instances where salts or metals are important.
Here are a few common chemical applications:
- Curing Agents- Elements like sulfur and phosphorus are present in curing agents. These are usually present at high enough levels for XRF analysis.
- Metal Catalysts- Catalysts are used in a substantial number of chemical processes since they reduce both time and energy requirements. Many catalysts are valuable metals like platinum or palladium, so it is important to use the minimum quantities necessary. XRF is an ideal method for monitoring metal catalysts with laboratory, bench top, or on-line instrumentation.