Introduction to Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry


  • G.L. Moore, Council for Mineral Technology, Mintek, Randburg, South Africa

Today, atomic emission spectroscopy is a well-established analytical technique of widespread application - a technique that no-one involved or interested in chemical analysis can afford to ignore. The present book was written to meet the need for an extensive introduction to this technique. It is written in an easy-to-understand way, and is mainly aimed at tertiary-level students at universities and colleges, and at newcomers to the field.The book prepares the reader for the study of more advanced texts and the increasing number of research papers published in this area. It will not only be of great use to the analytical chemist, but will appeal to specialists in other fields of chemistry who need an understanding of analytical techniques. The book introduces the analytical techniques of atomic emission spectroscopy, outlining the principles, history and applications. It discusses spectrography, excitation sources, inductively coupled plasmas, instrumentation, nebulization, sample dissolution and introduction, accuracy and precision, internal standardization, plasma optimization, line selection and interferences, and inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy. Understanding of the material is aided by 128 illustrations, including 11 photographs. References follow each chapter, and an extensive index completes this useful work.
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Book information

  • Published: December 1988
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-43029-8


This text makes a fine tutorial for a technician or baccalaureate-level scientist, a good introduction to the technique for a well-trained chemist whose education has somehow excluded ICP-AES, and also good reading for those of us who perform chemical analysis by plasma emission each day.
Journal of the American Chemical Society

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Principles and History of Atomic Emission Spectroscopy. 2. Spectrographic Analysis. 3. Excitation Sources. 4. Inductively Coupled Plasmas. 5. Instrumentation. 6. Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry. 7. Nebulization. 8. Sample Dissolution. 9. Sample Introduction. 10. Analysis. 11. Accuracy and Precision. 12. Internal Standardization. 13. Plasma Optimization. 14. Interferences and Line Selection. 15. Hybrid ICP Techniques and Future Trends. Index.