Short Courses and Conferences

Microanalytical Reference Materials

An MAS Topical Conference

May 15 - 17, 2012


Conference Program

Survey of Reference Materials and Data
  • Standardless vs. Standards based microanalysis – Do we really need reference materials?
  • Material characteristics of standards versus reference materials versus certified reference materials – What is in a name?
  • Sources of free reference materials and material for sale
  • Databases of reference material availability and chemical compositions
Characterization of Reference Materials
  • Combining bulk chemical and microanalytical methods and results to form a consensus value
  • Certification process for reference materials
  • Homogeneity calculations for various techniques and lateral resolution
  • Stability of reference materials both in the instrument and in long term
Problem solving and use of reference material
  • The use of materials as a means to verify calibration and in QC/QA protocols
  • Available correction procedures to use when matrix matched materials are not available
  • Effects of peak shifts in materials of similar and different matrices
Round Robin
  • Development of the round robin material
  • Methods used to score results
Multidimensional analysis
  • Reference materials for composition (major, minor, and trace element abundances), morphology, isotopes, etc.
  • Reference materials for spatial distribution and chemical or isotope imaging
Technique specific discussions
  • EPMA/SEM/AEM
  • LA-ICP-MS
  • SIMS/SHRIMP
  • XRF, TXRF, µXRF
  • Atom probe
  • Bulk, particle, thin film
Application specific discussions
  • Geology
  • Biology
  • Metallurgy
  • Ceramics
  • Semiconductor
  • Forensics
  • Pharmacology
Future of reference materials
  • New approaches to RM development and distribution
  • RM for emerging techniques and applications that are not currently available


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