Chromium Analysis with the Bruker S1 TITAN Handheld XRF Gun

Hexavalent Chromium (Cr6) is a toxic element that has been banned from use in many countries due to the fact that is known to cause cancer.  Handheld XRF analyzers make chromium analysis a breeze: they identify total concentrations of Cr and are therefore widely used to screen for product containing Cr6 simply by identifying if the product contains any Cr in it at all.  Although XRF cannot differentiate between Cr6, Cr3 and Cr, it is an accepted practice to consider a product positive for Cr6 (based on a positive finding of total Cr) or choose to subject the product to further testing to verify the valence of the Cr.  Ask us how XRF can help you identify Cr for the following regulations:

Some of the key benefits of using handheld XRF for chromium analysis:

  • Fast, accurate results – using handheld XRF is an accepted practice for screening consumer products
  • Nondestructive screening – XRF is non-destructive, it will not harm or leave any evidence that the material has been analyzed
  • Easy to operate – Bruker’s S1 TITAN is easy to use – simply aim flush up against the target and shoot
  • Portability allows you to screen products, in the lab, on the shelf, in the warehouse or anywhere in between

The Bruker S1 TITAN is also widely used to quantify Cr in alloys.  By identifying the amount of Cr (as well as other elements) in a stainless steel sample, the XRF can identify the grade of the alloy.  For more information on grade identification of alloys, please visit the following pages: