17 February 2020

Maggie Loubser

Maggi Loubser

GeoMag GeoChem, South Africa

Her career in X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy started as a laboratory technician at the Atomic Energy Corporation of South Africa in 1988.  There she learned XRF in a process control laboratory. 

During this time she studied part-time towards a BSc in Chemistry, which she obtained in 1996 from the University of South Africa (UNISA), and a BSc(hons) in 2003 from University of Pretoria, and a MSc in Chemistry (University of Pretoria) (2010) with a dissertation entitled:  Chemical and physical aspects of Lithium borate fusion.

In 1994 she joined the Geology department of the University of Pretoria (UP) where for the next fourteen years the X-ray laboratory was build up to a state of the art facility presenting annual short courses in XRF and Representative Sampling and Sample preparation. 

Maggie Loubser joined PPC Cement in November, 2008, where her duties involved the training, mentoring and capacity building of the chemists in the group, ensuring world-class analytical laboratory practices, manage compliance to minimum standards and implement best practices across the group.  She was involved in the African expansion; assisting in the planning, building and commissioning of laboratories all over Africa. Since October 2014 she headed the R&D team, finding innovative ways to address the challenges of a fast changing cement manufacturing environment.

In April 2016 GeoMag GeoChem was created to provide her with the opportunity to do what she likes best, teaching, technical support in various industries and undertaking projects that can make the world a better place, without being limited by corporate structures.

Over a career spanning almost thirty years Maggi has been presenter of many international XRF and representative sampling short courses, presented numerous papers at international conferences and national symposia and served on the executive of the South African Spectroscopic Society and organising committee for CSIXXXIII and Geoanalysis 2009.

Currently her life is a potpourri of different experiences:  She supports the mining and manufacturing industry in the training of chemists and calibration of WD and EDXRF spectrometers, assists in method development, do gap identification audits and walks the journey with a laboratory to address those.  She does a lot of work on handheld spectrometers, setting up custom calibrations for clients in mining and manufacturing, acting as occasional crash test dummy for the software developers and together with Yale and the Getty Conservation institute, try to introduce portable XRF as benchmark technique for art and conservation in Africa.  This gives her the opportunity to play with anything from shipwreck treasures to paintings from the old masters and heritage sculptures.

Maggie's key note seminar will cover HH-XRF applications for art objects.

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New this year, X-RAY Norway will also offer a short course in safe use of HH-XRF monday morning prior to the conference start. Maggie will be lead the short course , which will cover an introduction in theory and applications (typical areas/limitation of method/tips&tricks) of HH-XRF and group work in practical use of the technology.




MONDAY  5th September 2020 09:00 -12:00