Analytical Capabilities

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At FIERCE, we operate state-of-the-art facilities for elemental and isotopic analyses, namely single-collector (ICPMS) and multi-collector inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometers (MC-ICPMS). These (MC-)ICPMS are used in conjunction with both solution and laser-ablation sample introduction systems.


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ICPMS and sample introduction systems

  • Neptune Plus
  • Element XR
  • Element 2
  • laser ablation system
  • solution introduction systems

ICPMS Principles

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Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS)

 is the method of choice for (trace) elemental analysis. The technique was commercialized in 1983 and shows an unparalleled growth, as it combines simultaneous multi-element analysis at the ultra-trace level with unrivalled sample-throughput. ICPMS today has a wide diversity of applications ranging from environmental, biological, chemical, geochemical, metallurgical and pharmaceutical research, to research in semiconductors, nuclear science and monitoring, and forensic and medical science.