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Total Fluorine Analysis

ANSTO offers nuclear techniques to determine total fluorine concentration in a range of solid materials and rapidly screen for the presence of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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What is PFAS?

PFAS is a group of over 4000 man-made chemical compounds designed to resist heat, stains, grease and water very effectively. They have been used extensively as coatings on fibre-based food packaging. Unfortunately, these properties also mean they don't break down naturally in the environment - nicknamed "forever chemicals". 

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What ANSTO can do for you

Rapid sample testing, so you get your results faster. ANSTO's Centre for Accelerator Science is set up to test large volumes of materials at once, taking only a few minutes per sample.

Leave your materials with us, and we'll do the rest. Little sample preparation is required. 

Nuclear techniques are non-destructive. Your samples can go on to further testing if need be.

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Our capabilities

ANSTO’s Centre for Accelerator Science applies an accelerator-based Particle Induced Gamma-ray Emission (PIGE) technique on solid materials to quantitatively determine total fluorine concentration down to ~40µg/g.