IPERION HSIntegrating Platforms for the European Research Infrastructure ON Heritage Science

X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF)

The Portable X-ray fluorescence offered by MOLAB is designed for in-situ analyses being extremely portable (it weights 3 kilos), fast and completely non-destructive. It allows for a determination of the elemental composition (Z>12) of materials and is of great interest for heritage science applications particularly in the examination of all types of paintings, manuscripts, monuments and metals etc. It is highly effective for a first hypothesis towards artist pigments identifications, specifically inorganic constituents, highlighting pentimenti, retouchings and over-paintings etc.

Fields of application

  • Cultural heritage

    archaeological object and site, architecture, art, decorative arts, demo anthropologic object, film, manuscript, mosaics, musical instrument, painting, papyrus, photo, sculpture, textile

  • Natural heritage



  • inorganic

    ceramic (clay/mud brick/terracotta/earthenware/stoneware/porcelain), glass, stone, metal and metallurgical By-Products, pigment


Elio portable XRF analyzer

The Elio portable XRF Analyzer (PXRF) is composed of a large area Silicon Drift Detector: 25mm2 XRF Detector, 130 eV at MnKα with 10 kcps input photon rate (high resolution mode), 170 eV at MnKα with 200 kcps input photon rate (fast mode). It has a fast (USB 2.0) 8k channels MCA with high resolution...

Contact person
Francesca Rosi