WORKING GROUPS

WG3: Sample preparation and analytical procedures

Leaders: E. Margui [ES] & Y. Arslan [TR]

The main goal of the WG3 “Sample preparation and Analytical procedures”, is to contribute to the improvement and development of existing and new sample preparation strategies and analytical procedures to promote TXRF application for screening, quality control and monitoring purposes in many different fields. This aim will be accomplished via the specific objectives and activities shown below.

Objectives

  • Study of the state of the art of TXRF in many applications fields and related types of samples: water, air particulate matter, geological, food, biological/medical, pharmaceutical, cultural heritage/forensics, cosmetics and material sciences.
  • Development of specific sample preparation methods and analytical procedures, considering the characteristics of samples, to overcome existing limitations and improve the quality of the TXRF results.
  • Study of the potential of sample treatment procedures within the framework of green analytical chemistry (i.e, use of slurry preparation for solid sample analysis, use of microextractrion strategies for water samples preconcentration, etc) in combination with TXRF analysis.
  • Highlighting the potential of TXRF as analytical technique in comparison with other spectroscopic techniques commonly used for elemental analysis.
  • Fostering the use of TXRF in new emerging applications.

Activities

  • Collect information about the state of the art of sample preparation methods and TXRF analytical procedures for the screening, quality control and monitoring purposes in many different fields;
  • Review and creation of a database about the characteristics and availability of standards in each application field (water, air particulate matter, geological, food, biological/medical, pharmaceutical, cultural heritage/forensics, cosmetics and material sciences);
  • Survey and questionnaire to potential stakeholders (including instrumental manufacturers) to understand their needs and to give inputs for future market applications and new tools for sample preparation in TXRF analysis;
  • Proposing new sample treatment procedures, within the framework of green analytical chemistry, and update on existing ones to overcome existing limitations and improve the quality of the TXRF results;
  • Connecting and strengthening collaborations among European and International scientists working in TXRF analysis in specific fields of application;
  • Identification of the possibilities and drawbacks of TXRF in different fields in order to highlight its potential in comparison with other spectroscopic techniques;
  • Engaging private enterprises stakeholders interested in the application of TXRF as a reliable analytical technique;
  • Organization of dissemination events such as training schools, conferences and workshops dedicated to sample preparation and analytical procedures in TXRF analysis.

Timeline