ICP mass spectrometry

Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)


  • Inorganic/organic materials, metals, magnets, liquids, semi-conductors, thin films, geological samples, etc.
  • Determinable elements (see PSE)

Characteristics / services:

  • Quasi-simultaneous multi-element determination in aqueous solutions in the range of trace and ultra-trace analysis (from ppm- to the sub-ppt-range)
  • Semi-quantitative screening of unknown samples
  • Determination of precise isotopic ratios
  • Coupled with a laser ablation system for laser ablation-ICP-MS (LA-ICP-MS) – direct solid state analytics

Digestion methods:

  • Common digestion methods using ultra-pure acids and acid mixtures at atmospheric pressure
  • Microwave induced digestions in acid-mixtures

Technical equipment:

  • Single-Quadrupol-ICP-MS, iCAP Q-ICP-MS (Thermo Scientific)  
  • Laser ablation system, Photon Machines Inc. (CETAC)
  • Microwave digestion, Turbo WAVE (MLS GmbH)
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