XRD – What Is It & How Can It Help You?

October 22, 2018

X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) is a technique for examining the arrangement of atoms in a crystal lattice. This is a comparative technique where the pattern obtained for a sample is compared against standards collected over the hundred year history of the technique. Elemental composition is not determined by this technique but can be inferred from the […]

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When The Size Makes The Poison

August 23, 2018

You’ve heard the saying ‘the dose makes the poison’, and it’s true – the concentration of a toxic substance makes the difference between being at or below the ‘no observable effect concentration/level (NOEC or NOEL) and death. But concentration isn’t the only factor when you’re looking at certain hazardous materials. Respirable crystalline silica (RCS), which is listed by the International Agency for […]

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Asbestos and Other Types of Fibres

June 22, 2018

A rose by any other name…. The difference between biosoluble and bioinsoluble fibrous minerals. Image 1: Halotrichite Image 2: Actinolite We’ve all seen fibres – they are everywhere. Cotton strings off cloth, fibreglass, carbon fibre. But there’s one word that makes everyone jump to attention. Asbestos. What’s actually the difference between asbestos and other types […]

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FTIR Microscopy

February 27, 2018

Speciating contaminants in everyday products, from food and beverages to crime scenes, from building materials to aviation fuel, understanding the composition of errant particles is key to determining the source and solving the reason they ended up in places they weren’t meant to be! Microanalysis Australia is keen to announce the addition of an FTIR […]

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ACA and SCAA Laboratory Tour

November 28, 2017

On Wednesday 1st November, Microanalysis held a special information evening for the Australasian Corrosion Association (ACA) and Surface Coating Association Australia (SCAA) professional associations. Pulling everyone away from the tasty nibbles and drinks, the 12 members had a guided tour of the Laboratory to learn a little of what Microanalysis Australia is up to in […]

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  • Australian X-Ray Analytical Association
  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • Telstra Business Awards
  • Scientific Partners Australia