Scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectrometry (SEM-EDS) is the only affordable analytical technique that can discriminate both morphology and elemental composition of inorganic fibers. SEM-EDS is indeed required to quantify asbestos in confounding natural matrixes (e.g. ophiolites), but is also time-consuming, operator dependent, and strongly relies on the stochastic distribution of the fibers on the filter surface. The balance between analytical time/cost and the method sensibility allows only about 0.5% of the filter to be analyzed, strongly affecting the statistical significance of results. To improve sensitivity and precision and enhance productivity, an unattended quantitative measurement of the asbestos fibers by SEM-EDS is proposed. The method identifies the particle shape first and determines their chemical composition later, saving EDS analytical time. Our approach was tested on four asbestos standards and the relative error on replicated measurements was< 10%. The proposed unattended method quantifies asbestos in natural confounding matrix, also with a very low asbestos content.

Innovative unattended SEM-EDS analysis for asbestos fiber quantification / Cossio, Roberto; Albonico, Carlo; Zanella, Andrea; FRATERRIGO GAROFALO, Silvia; Avataneo, Chiara; Compagnoni, Roberto; Turci, Francesco. - In: TALANTA. - ISSN 0039-9140. - ELETTRONICO. - 190(2018), pp. 158-166.

Innovative unattended SEM-EDS analysis for asbestos fiber quantification

Silvia Fraterrigo Garofalo;Roberto Compagnoni;Francesco Turci
2018

Abstract

Scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectrometry (SEM-EDS) is the only affordable analytical technique that can discriminate both morphology and elemental composition of inorganic fibers. SEM-EDS is indeed required to quantify asbestos in confounding natural matrixes (e.g. ophiolites), but is also time-consuming, operator dependent, and strongly relies on the stochastic distribution of the fibers on the filter surface. The balance between analytical time/cost and the method sensibility allows only about 0.5% of the filter to be analyzed, strongly affecting the statistical significance of results. To improve sensitivity and precision and enhance productivity, an unattended quantitative measurement of the asbestos fibers by SEM-EDS is proposed. The method identifies the particle shape first and determines their chemical composition later, saving EDS analytical time. Our approach was tested on four asbestos standards and the relative error on replicated measurements was< 10%. The proposed unattended method quantifies asbestos in natural confounding matrix, also with a very low asbestos content.
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