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Mr. Kurt E. Eylands
Kurt E. Eylands is an Analytical Mineralogist at the EERC. He received his M.A. and B.A. degrees in Geology, both from UND. Mr. Eylands' principal areas of interest and expertise include analytical techniques to determine mineral and chemical characteristics of a variety of materials. Analytical instruments include scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS), x-ray fluorescence with wavelength-dispersive spectroscopy (WDXRF), and x-ray diffraction (XRD). Each analytical instrument has its strengths and weaknesses as well as a variety of modified techniques that have been developed for specific determinations. Techniques include automated mineralogy for SEM techniques and quantitative mineralogy using XRD.
Mr. Eylands has applied these or modifications of these analytical techniques to a variety of materials over the years. Sample types range from naturally occurring rocks from cores and outcrops, to combustion residues, filters, metals, and catalysts. Mr. Eylands has authored or coauthored numerous publications.