Absolute Basics of Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS)

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Course summary

  • Duration: 1 day for face-to-face | Total of 6.5 hours for Virtual Classroom course
  • Experience level: Beginners
  • Type: Universal, applicable to all disciplines
  • Teaching method: Face-to-face OR online via live video, with case studies
  • Scheduled course venue: The Open University | Other venues | Virtual Classroom
  • Online/onsite/in-house/offsite availability: Arrange this course just for you
  • Scheduled course price: £350 + VAT per delegate
  • Course discount: RSC and CAMS members receive a discount on this course*

Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS) is relatively inexpensive and low sensitivity, yet increasingly diverse elemental analysis procedure that involves absorption of light by free atoms in the gaseous state. It is widely applicable to a host of disciplines. Famously linked with the Beer Lambert Law for calibration purposes, it has a large variety of atomisation techniques available together with a smaller choice of light sources, light filtering methods and detection tools.

What will you learn on this course?

This course engenders a holistic approach to AAS from the initial choice of analytical set-up through to designing a robust methodology including sample preparation and sample introduction and finishing with calibration. Ten real-world case studies cover elemental analysis in pharmaceuticals, drinking water, soils, motor oil, occupational hygiene, forensics, food and drink authentication, catalysis and pathology.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn the theory behind the technique of Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS).
  • You will learn the pros and cons of each facet and the required troubleshooting and maintenance of each.
  • You will learn about the different AAS components, how they are affected by problematical samples and what can be done to reduce interference using matrix modification and background correction.
  • You will gain knowledge in various atomisation techniques such as flame AAS, graphite furnace, hydride generation or cold vapour AAS and how to optimise the method to build a robust methodology.

Who is this course for?

Primarily beginners but intermediate users requiring refresher training will also benefit.

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