Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) Laboratory

ICP-MS is a technique capable of analyzing a large number of elements simultaneously at the ppm/ppb range. The machine can be set up in two ways – to analyse solutions or solids. Solids are analysed using a laser ablation microscope, which can produce spots or lines in the sample down to about 10 um. This offers spatial resolution slightly worse than an SEM or Electron Microprobe but detection limits many orders of magnitude lower. Because of the use of a mass spectrometer, possible interferences are much more readily detected by checking isotopic ratios.

The Department is equipped with a Thermo Elemental (VG) PlasmaQuad PQ ExCell ICP-MS coupled to a Nu-Wave UP-213 Laser Ablation Microscope.

For a list of elements that can be analysed Click here

For Booking information Click here

The Thermo Electron (VG) PQ ExCell ICP-MS



ICP-MS Bookings

If you wish to book time on the ICP-MS contact Colin Bray at cjbray@es.utoronto.ca or 416-978-6516