Applications of portable X-ray fluorescence analysis (P-XRF) for contaminated art, natural and cultural artifacts (KEP)

28/05/2018 - 29/05/2018
Museum of Southern Jutland, Preservation Department, Fabriksvej 17-21, DK-6510 Gram

The portable X-ray fluorescence analysis method (P-XRF) can be used for a wide range of tasks to determine the elemental composition of a material - for example, qualitative pollutant analysis in museums and collections. It is quick, cost-effective and easy to use. It must, however, be used properly, in terms of health and safety as well the accuracy of the results. Another important dimension is correctly understanding and interpreting the results.


Dr. Boaz Paz will present the basics of the portable XRF measurement device, including how to operate and calibrate the machine to obtain valid results. He will conduct sample measurements on different kind of materials and demonstrate how to interpret the spectra. The focus of the course will be measuring biocide contamination.

The workshop will use a portable XRF from Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.:
Model: XL3t 950 GOLDD Analyzer 
Software: Thermo Scientific Niton Data Transfer Version 8.4.2
The methods shown here can, however, be adapted to other models of P-XRF.
The training course includes the following topics:
  • Introduction to the measurement device
  • Handling the measurement device and radiation protection
  • Introduction to the operating software
  • Configuring the analyzer (calibration)
  • Creating a calibration method
  • Measuring different contaminated materials and objects
  • Evaluation and interpretation of the measured spectra
  • Creating a measurement report and documentation, and application of external evaluation software
  • Creating different database formats for in-house museum software

Dr. Boaz Paz specializes in the non-destructive and minimally invasive material analysis of antique, valuable objects. After completing his doctorate as a chemist, Boaz Paz continued his research in the field of archaeometry at various laboratories in Germany before founding his own archaeometry laboratory, Paz Laboratorien für Archäometrie, in Bad Kreuznach near Frankfurt am Main.

Boaz Paz has many years of experience in numerous museums, archaeological institutions and private collections. His courses include "Die Büchse der Pandora"“-workshops on the analysis, handling and decontamination of biocide-contaminated art and cultural heritage.

Annette Adomat, MSJ and Trine Sørensen, MSJ/KEP (e-mail:
The course will be taught in English.
Course fee
The course fee is DKK 4,500 per participant and includes lunch (both days) and a home-cooked workshop dinner. Accommodation is not included, but participants are welcome to contact the coordinators prior to course, if they need any assistance.


Target group:
Conservators and technical staff from museums and conservation workshops
Dr. Boaz Paz, specialist in non-destructive and minimally invasive material analysis
Registration deadline:

DKK 4.500