Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) is accepted as the most powerful
multi-element analytical technique available today. Since publication of the first
ICP-MS mass spectra more than 30 years ago, the number of commercial ICP-MS instruments
sold worldwide has risen to above 5000. The low detection limits and multi-element
capability of ICP-MS makes it an attractive option in a wide range of applications
including environmental, medical, biological, industrial and archaeological. Whilst
modern instruments are robust and capable of a high degree of automation, it is essential
that users of both instrument and data are aware of the strengths and limitations
of the technique.
This book is aimed at the novice user of quadrupole ICP-MS instruments and includes
a guide to the instrumentation, both from a theoretical and practical perspective,
and an assessment of performance characteristics. The book guides users through the
requirements needed to produce good quality data, including aspects of sample preparation,
calibration, and methods of interference limitation and reduction.