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

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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: £485 + VAT per delegate
  • Course discount: RSC and CAMS members receive a discount on this course*

In Inductively-Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS), an inductively coupled plasma (argon gas ionised by an intense electromagnetic field) is used to create ions which are then separated on a charge-to-mass basis and quantified by a mass spectrometer, to as low as ppq detection limits. The intensity of the ion is proportional to the concentration of the sample. Compared to ICP-OES, it gives much lower detection limits.

What will you learn on this course?

This course engenders a holistic approach to ICP-MS 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, metal speciation, isotope ratios and food / drink authentication.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn the theory behind the technique of Inductively-Coupled Plasma Optical Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)
  • You will learn the pros and cons of each facet and the required troubleshooting and maintenance of each
  • You will learn about the different ICP-MS components, how they are affected by problematical samples and what can be done to reduce plasma and isobaric interferences
  • You will gain knowledge in how to optimise a method to build a robust methodology

Who is this course for?

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

How to book this course

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