Centre for Environmental Analysis and Remediation (CEAR)
Inductively Coupled Plasma
Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICPMS) is a technique used for measuring multi-element concentrations from trace to major component levels. ICPMS employs argon plasma as the ionization source and uses a mass spectrometer analyzer to detect positive charged ions.
CEAR houses a VG PQExcell instrument, equipped with the following accessories:
- Laser Ablation Microprobe for element analysis in solid samples
- Gas kit for element analysis in organic matrices
- Collision cell technology (CCT) for attenuation of polyatomic interference ions
Among the main applications of ICPMS include: identification and quantification of elements in chemical, environmental,biological and geological samples; speciation of metal oxidation states and ionic forms; and measurements of isotopic ratios.