Overcoming Sample Prep Pain Points in Mining and Geochemical Applications



Webinar Date/Time: Tue, Dec 12, 2023 11:00 AM EST

Is your lab analyzing mining or geochemical samples and interested in improving its sample throughput, data quality, cost structure, and safety? This webinar shows how the latest technologies and methods for optimizing sample preparation workflow can make that happen.

Register Free: https://www.spectroscopyonline.com/spec_w/mining

Event Overview:

Determining the elemental composition of mining and geochemical samples is a well-established application area for atomic spectroscopy techniques. Yet, despite the many advances in technology over the years, there are still many challenges to overcome, particularly in preparing these samples for analysis. The use of closed-vessel microwave digestion has made a significant impact on the ability to prepare many types of samples faster and more completely, but that alone does not address all the pain points that labs analyzing these samples experience.

This webinar presents several strategies and methods, backed by case studies, for overcoming challenges and alleviating pain points encountered during preparation of mining and geochemical samples for elemental analysis. While most of the focus is on advanced microwave digestion technologies, consideration of the total sample prep workflow provides additional opportunities for reducing turnaround time, improving analysis quality, lowering costs, and increasing safety.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • See how microwave digestion can be optimized for the preparation of several different types of mining and geochemical samples
  • Learn how single reaction chamber (SRC) digestion systems work and why they have several advantages over rotor-based systems for preparing mining and geochemical samples
  • Discover ways a ‘total workflow’ sample prep approach can improve a lab’s sample throughput, quality of results, cost structure, and safety

Who Should Attend:

Anyone performing or overseeing elemental analysis of mining or geochemical samples, or with general interest in improving their sample prep processes

  • Lab Directors
  • Lab Managers/Supervisors
  • Researchers
  • Chemists/Analysts
  • Technicians/Research Assistants
  • QC/QA Managers


Eric Farrell
Product Specialist
Milestone, Inc

Eric Farrell is the Product Specialist for the Digestion and Clean Chemistry lines at Milestone Inc. Eric obtained his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Union College in 2005, with a focus in inorganic chemistry. Prior to joining Milestone, he worked in the particle characterization field as a Laboratory Manager and in domestic and international sales, where he supported sales and applications across all product lines.

Anthony Marshall
Chief Chemist
Freeport McMoRan

Anthony Marshall has been working in analytical testing labs for the past 13 years and is currently the Chief Chemist at Freeport McMoRan. He obtained his master’s degree in analytical chemistry at the University of Arizona. He was the QA manager at a contract testing lab for 5 years where he set up the systems to obtain and maintain ISO 17025 certification. Anthony has been the Chief Chemist at Freeport McMoRan for the last 5 years, where he manages the lab in addition to developing new methods and implementing new equipment.

Register Free: https://www.spectroscopyonline.com/spec_w/mining