Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry

Practices and Techniques


  • Howard Taylor, U.S. Geological Survey, Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.

Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry presents a concise A-Z description of inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry, written in layman's terms, for use in the solution of trace element analytical chemistry problems. Detailed discussion of sample introduction and data interpretation is provided.Practicing analytical chemists will be able to use this text to familiarize themselves with the principles, approaches, options, pitfalls, and advantages of ICP-MS technology.
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Practicing analytical chemists and technicians in academia and industry.


Book information

  • Published: October 2000
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-683865-7


"The Editor, Professor Steve Hill, states in the preface that the purpose was to produce a book that covers both theory and applications in a concise, informative and readable form. This has certainly been achieved and the book is a very welcome addition to the literature." "...The content is excellent. I am very pleased to have a copy of this book for my own use and it would be amongst my first-choice texts to recommend to students or those who have little or no previous experience of plasma source spectrometry."
--B. L. Sharp, Department of Chemistry, Loughborough University, TRENDS IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY,Vol.19, No.8, August 2000

"...well-written and easy to read...a good introduction to ICP-MS."
--John W. Olesik, Ohio State Univ., Journal of American Society of Mass Spectrometry

Table of Contents

Introduction. Atomic Structure. Inductively Coupled Plasmas. Instrumentation. Sample Introduction. Special Techniques. Quantitative Techniques. Interferences.Optimization. Figures of Merit. Appendix 1: Table of Elements with Atomic Number, Weights, and First and Second Ionization Potentials. Appendix 2: IsotopicComposition of the Elements. Appendix 3: Prominent Polyatomic Interferences Applicable for ICP-MS Determinations. Appendix 4: Table of Student's Distribution.Appendix 5: Certified Standard Reference Materials Available from the U.S. NIST and the NRC of Canada. Appendix 6: Supplemental References. Index.