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ASTM WK74138

New Guide for Using Micro X-ray Fluorescence (-XRF) in Forensic Polymer Examinations

1. Scope

1.1This guide is intended to assist individuals and laboratories that conduct analyses of forensic polymer samples by -XRF. This guide is intended to be applied within the scope of a broader analytical scheme. 1.2This guide is intended to advise and assist the analyst in the preparation of polymer samples for -XRF, the collection of data by -XRF, and the interpretation of data resulting from these analyses. 1.3This guide describes the application of -XRF systems equipped with either mono- or poly- capillary optics and an energy dispersive X-ray detector (EDS).


elemental analysis; forensic science; micro X-ray fluorescence spectrometry; paint; polymers; tape


OSAC committees are actively working on and submitting consensus standards in analyses of trace materials to supplement the few standards currently approved for several trace disciplines, to include polymer examinations.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: E30.01

Committee: E30

Staff Manager: Brian Milewski

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Date Initiated: 09-14-2020

Technical Contact: Diana Wright