Plasma Lab

The Plasma Lab at SIGL houses our 2 single quadrupole Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) instruments and our solid sampling Laser Ablation System

Thermo Fisher Scientific™ iCAP™ Qc ICP-MS

 

The first of our Thermo Fisher Scientific™ iCAP™ Qc ICP-MS instruments is used exclusively for the analysis of solution samples. The single quadrupole ICP-MS is able to simultaneously measure almost the entire periodic table down to the ppt-ppb range. The iCAP Qc is orders of magnitude faster than using Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (GFAAS) and much more sensitive than ICP-OES. It is also possible to determine isotopic information about a sample.
Samples types analyzed include treated biological, geological, provenance verification , major elements and trace elements. When used in conjunction with the CETAC ASX-520 Autosampler to it possible to fully automate the analysis of up to 240 samples.

Thermo Fisher Scientific™ iCAP™ Qc ICP-MS with NWR UP213 Laser Ablation system

The second of our Thermo Fisher Scientific™ iCAP™ Qc ICP-MS instruments is exclusively used for the analysis of solid samples by laser ablation. For applications where it is not possible or undesirable to dissolve the sample into a solution the LA-ICP-MS is the preferred instrument.

We specialize in geological samples but are capable of performing analysis on a wide range of samples including but not limited to biological, nanoparticles, and archeological.

Perkin Elmer Optima 3000 DV ICP-OES

Finally, we have a Perkin Elmer Optima 3000 DV ICP-OES instrument. The ICP-OES is used for samples that have high levels on concomitant elements present in the sample matrix which generally makes them unsuitable for analysis by ICP-MS.