Determining the Elemental Composition of Terminalia Brownii’s Bark Using X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry

Atta Gaffar Attaelmanan(1*), Hamid Idris Omar(2)

(1) Applid Physics Department, University of Sharjah., United Arab Emirates
(2) Chemistry Department, University of Sharjah., United Arab Emirates
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Abstract


Tarminalia Brownii is a plant utilized by African tribes to cure a number of ailments. In addition to jaundice, they treat other less serious diseases, by drinking a potion made from the tree bark. Bark samples collected from a T. Brownii tree were dried, and then separated into its three layers. Each layer was crushed into fine powder, and subsequently analyzed using an X-ray analytical microscope. Elemental composition of the bark was determined using X-ray fluorescence spectrometry and the results show the presence of Ca in concentrations larger than 85%, while Ti, Mn, Zn, Br and Sr were present in trace amounts (< 1%)
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Terminalia Brownii; Bark; X-Ray; Fluorescence; Spectroscopy

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