Raising the standard for EDS

As a course attendee, you will learn the fundamentals of the EDS technique, including theory and capabilities using the APEX™ software to enhance your basic EDS/EDX studies.

  • Study the fundamental principles at a pace that is most efficient and convenient for you

  • One-year access ensures you can reference best practices during your materials studies

  • Interact with industry specialists through the online discussion forum to ask questions and clarify content

  • Attain a professional certificate upon course completion


Julia Mausz

Applications Specialist

Julia joined EDAX as an Applications Specialist in May 2022. Working out of the Unterschleissheim, Germany office, Julia performs EDS and EBSD demonstrations, presents at conferences and workshops, and provides after-sales customer support. Her duties include on-site training courses, assistance with analytical problems, and scientific collaborations. Julia has been working with EDS and EBSD since she was an undergraduate student at Aalen University in Germany. She received a Bachelor of Engineering specializing in Surfacetechnology/New Materials from the University in 2018. During that time, Julia was hands-on with various microanalysis instruments, working with various metals and alloys. She completed her Master of Science in Geomaterials and Geochemistry in 2021. Her time as a graduate student gave her experience with minerals, ceramics, and glass materials.

Shangshang Mu

Applications Engineer

Shangshang joined EDAX in 2018 as an Applications Engineer. Working out of the Pleasanton, CA office, he is responsible for providing technical expertise, conducting demos, teaching training course, and after sales support. Shangshang also performs testing and validation for the engineering department and provides support for the marketing team. Prior to EDAX, Shangshang was the Lab Manager at the Southeastern North Carolina Regional Microanalytical and Imaging Consortium in Fayetteville, NC. Shangshang graduated from Chengdu University of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering. He earned a Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Shangshang completed his Ph.D. in Earth Sciences at Boston University.

Shawn Wallace

Applications Engineer

Shawn Wallace joined EDAX in 2015 as an Applications Engineer specializing in EBSD. He has a strong background in all sorts of instrumentations including EBSD, electron microprobe, all sorts of mass spectrometry, and computed tomography. In his career, he has taught researchers of all levels, from post docs to undergrads, how to use instrumentation and he continues that here at EDAX. Shawn earned his MS in Geology from the University of South Carolina. His research focused on method development for ICP-Mass spectrometry and geothermobarometry to help better understand planetary differentiation. After earning his degree, Shawn worked as a Scientific Assistant at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where he helped study the origin of the Solar System using EBSD and other instruments, including 3D work with computed tomography. Shawn hopes to bring those 3D skills to the rapidly expanding 3D EBSD world. When Shawn is not busy running samples, he can often be found in nature, either hiking or fishing or just staring at rocks.

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome to the course!

    2. Why attend this course

    3. EDS essentials

    1. Basics of EDS

    2. Preparation and setup

    3. Insert the EDS detector

    4. Motorized slide control

    5. Project tree

    6. Overview of APEX EDS software

    1. Basic collection

    2. Define where to capture spectra

    3. Identify elements present in an unknown sample

    4. Display and save spectra

    1. How x-rays are collected and analyzed to form an EDS spectrum

    2. Input/output counts and the role of the SEM and EDS settings

    3. Optimize the analytical working distance to maximize productivity

    4. Adjust default parameters for spectrum collection

    5. Set up more than one spectrum collection

    6. Optimize the navigation image

    7. Drift correction

    1. X-ray spectrum basics to generate elemental maps and perform quantitative analysis

    2. EDS mapping

    3. Collect elemental maps in real time

    4. Optimize collection parameters for EDS maps

    5. Rebuild as NET count or weight and atomic percent maps

    6. Generate phase maps

    7. Montage large area mapping

    1. Capture an EDS line scan

    2. Optimize an EDS line scan

About this course

  • 39 lessons
  • 4 hours of video content