Analysis of Platinum (Pt), Palladium (Pd), and Rhodium (Rh), in Recycled Catalytic Converters from Automobiles

Analyze Platinum Group Metals (PGMs)—Platinum (Pt), Palladium (Pd) and Rhodium (Rh—in scrap catalytic converters more accurately and more efficiently with the Bruker S1 TITANLearn how to use handheld XRF to detect and measure content of these metals in a matter of a seconds - contact us today.

Handheld XRF offers the user several essential advantages over other traditional methods of catalytic converter testing. Analysis using handheld XRF can be done in the field in a matter of seconds, instead of in a lab with wet chemistry and a highly skilled analytical professional, significantly cutting the cost of accurate analysis of precious metals concentration in catalytic converter scrap.  Obtaining accurate content of PGMs quickly and reliably is critical to accessing the value of automotive scrap converters.  Traditional testing techniques take hours or even days to obtain results.  Find out now how to determine PGM content in seconds using handheld XRF!

Automobile catalytic converters contain valuable metals, namely platinum group metals including Pt, Pd, and Rh, making them exceptionally valuable to recyclers and precious metals dealers. Because of the high value of these precious metals, precious metal recyclers, buyers, and sellers need fast, highly accurate, cost effective ways to obtain concentration data for precious metals in catalytic converter matrices.

Advantages of using the Bruker S1 TITAN to determine PGMs in catalytic converters

  • Non-destructive analysis
  • No hazardous waste emitted from the process
  • Results in seconds as opposed to hours or days
  • Minimal training is required to operate
  • Easy sample preparation
  • Excellent correlation to lab results, without the high cost of sending samples to an outside lab
  • Other important elements analyzed in addition to PGMs- Cerium (Ce), Lanthanum (La), Iron (Fe), Nickel (Ni), and Copper (Cu), Zinc (Zn), Zirconium (Zr), Barium (Ba), Osmium (Os), and Lead (Pb)

Since the auto catalyst is typically crushed to a uniform powder after it is decanned—removed from the whole converter—the only further preparation required is placing the resulting powder into an XRF sample cup or bag to present to the handheld XRF analyzer.

NIST certified reference materials 2556 and 2557 are available to determine and prove the accuracy of the Bruker S1TITAN in analysis of catalytic converter samples for PGM content.

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