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 Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer
(ICP-MS) Laboratory


ICP-MS
 

This new facility, located in the Auburn University Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce (CASIC), contains a newly acquired Agilent 7900 Quadrupole ICP-MS system for high resolution multi-elemental (from 6Li to 238U) analysis of liquid and solid samples. The system includes a high temperature (>6000°K) plasma source capable of ionizing samples, an interface system to transfer ions into the mass analyzer, and collision/reaction cells (CRCs in He or H2 mode) to remove interferences caused by argon molecules (e.g., 40Ar35Cl on 75As, 40Ar 37Cl on 77Se). Q-ICP-MS can rapidly measure trace elements at very low detection limits (to ppt levels) as well as major elements (at ppm levels). Elemental analysis can be performed on a PC-based MassHunter software

Applications

IICP-MS has been also widely used in earth, environmental, engineering, and life fields for quick and accurate multi-elemental analysis and isotope ratio measurements on water, geological (rocks, minerals, sediments, soil) and biological (tissues, plants, bone) samples.

Sample Preparation

Solid samples must be converted into an aqueous form using microwave or acid digestion methods. Total dissolved solids should not exceed 0.1 wt % (0.1 g per 100 ml of solution). Sample should be filtered with 0.45 micron syringe filter and acidified using 2% trace grade nitric acid.
Please contact us for more detail about sample preparation and use of instrument.


    Lab Location and Contact Information

Department of Geosciences
Auburn University
2108 Beard Eaves Coliseum

Auburn, Alabama 36849

Dr. Ming-Kuo Lee
E-mail: leeming@auburn.edu
Phone: 334-844-4898

Department of Geosciences
Auburn University
2052 Beard Eaves Coliseum
Auburn, Alabama 36849

Dr. Mehmet Zeki Billor
E-mail: mzb0009@auburn.edu
Phone: 334-844-8878

Department of Geosciences
Auburn University
2055 Beard Eaves Coliseum 
Auburn, Alabama 36849



Last Updated: 06/05/2017