The ICP-MS Primer

The ICP-MS Primer

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.

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