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MICROWAVE DIGESTION FOR MINERALS ANALYSIS
  • Brad Whisson

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MICROWAVE DIGESTION FOR MINERALS ANALYSIS

 

MICROWAVE DIGESTION FOR MINERALS ANALYSIS

Abstract

Microwave heating technology has been increasingly utilised in analytical laboratories over the past 20 years, often in life-science and research applications. The technology offers significant economic and technical benefits to the analysis laboratory and its customers and in recent years it has been employed in specialised facilities in the minerals exploration field.

LabWest Minerals Analysis in Perth, Western Australia, is a world leader in application of microwave technology in digestion of geological materials and has now analysed more than 300,000 geological samples using microwave systems. Mr Brad Whisson, Managing Director of LabWest, will draw on his experience with this technology in presenting an overview of the state-of-the-art with respect to analysis of mineral samples for geochemical exploration purposes.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Overview of microwave digestion theory
  • Advantages of the technology in analytical laboratories
  • Limitations of the technology
  • Current generation equipment
    • Major manufacturers
    • Digestion vessel types
  • Applications in minerals analysis
  • Development directions
  • Competitive technologies