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Rigaku NEX CG EDXRF Application Note: CuO Wood Treatment

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Applied Rigaku Technologies, Inc. has announced an efficient reliable new method for the analysis of copper oxide in treated lumber.

The new method is detailed in application note #1141 and demonstrates the use of the Rigaku NEX QC benchtop EDXRF analyzer in the measurement of CuO in treated wood and wood treatment solutions.

Lumber treated with copper or copper oxide is used in a wide range of residential and commercial construction projects.

As larger micron-scale particles do not sufficiently penetrate the wood, micronized preservatives use nano particles of copper oxide.

Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry is shown to provide a quick, simple and reliable means of analysis for use throughout the quality control process, ensuring the proper balance of treatment solution and yielding high quality while minimizing waste and eliminating excess expense due to treatment usage or product rejection.

The Rigaku NEX QC analyzer is shown to be an excellent tool during the QC process in producing treated lumber, giving the production process an affordable means of optimizing quality and ensuring product retention, while minimizing costs and reducing waste.