INDUCTIVELY COUPLED PLASMA MASS SPECTROMETRY (ICPMS)
The state-of-the art technique for bulk
elemental and/or isotopic analysis of liquids or soluble organic and inorganic materials.
ICPMS is a comprehensive technique able to analyze most elements from lithium through uranium.
It is an extremely sensitive technique with detection limits in the parts per trillion (ppt)
range for many elements in aqueous solutions. It's high level of relative accuracy (1 to 2%)
coupled with its' sensitivity allows the analyst to cover more than nine orders of magnitude in
concentration. The advantages of ICPMS include elemental and isotopic analysis for majors,
minors, trace and ultra-trace impurities. This has eliminated the need to use several techniques
to obtain a complete analysis. Recent technological advances in Cool Plasma ICPMS have helped
eliminate or reduce interferences caused by the argon plasma thus allowing lower detection levels
for Li, Na, K, Ca and Fe.
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