ICP analyses (ICP-MS and ICP-AES/ICP-OES) in a laboratory
What do we mean by ICP analyses?
ICP is an abbreviation of “Inductively Coupled Plasma” which is an analytical technique which measures the inorganic contents of a sample. This technique is applicable to all kinds of chemical elements.
ICP analysis has multiple steps: first of all, a solid sample must be dissolved using a strong acid or a mix of strong acids or using microwaves. This is called mineralization. The mixture is then injected using Argon plasma and put at a very high temperature. These thermal stimuli lead to the sample being ionized and the different elements separating from each other allowing for the sample to be characterized and to detect each element depending on the type of analyzer being used.
FILAB owns about fifteen ICP machines but most importantly, we are the first laboratory in France to own an ICP-MS/MS!
At FILAB we have two types of analyzers in our Laboratory:
ICP coupled to Atomic emission spectrometers (ICP-AES) which measure the wave lengths of light emitted by ions
ICP coupled to Mass Spectrometers (ICP-MS) with which the elements are analyzed based on their charge and mass.
The combination of ICP-AES and ICP-MS machines allows us to determine a wide variety of inorganic elements and elemental impurities at once with extreme reliability and precision (down to a few ppt or ppb depending on the matrix).
ICP-AES or ICP-MS: what’s the difference?
ICP analysis is used to meet many types of industrial needs:
To confirm the chemical composition of a mixture
To confirm that productions comply with a scope statement, with a safety data sheet (SDS) or with a supplier’s own specifications
To verify that a formula or a material complies with relevant standards, imposing quantification thresholds
To detect an elemental impurity causing a defect to appear in the finished product
Analysis of poor metals: Aluminum, Thallium, Indium…
To detect trace amounts of heavy metals: Arsenic As, Lead Pb, Cadmium Cd, Mercury Hg…
To characterize an unknown deposit
To register a new mineral material when double sourcing
To reverse engineer a substance to be able to compare its chemical makeup to that of similar substances
Single Particle SP-ICP-MS analysis of nanoparticles
FILAB performs inorganic analyses using ICP-MS or ICP-AES on all types of matrices and can also:
Develop your own techniques
Transfer our techniques to your laboratory staff
Validate protocols in accordance with relevant guidelines
Analytically train your teams either on your site or here at FILAB
Discover examples of possible applications for ICP-AES or ICP-MS depending on your field:
Here are a few examples of applications specific to your field:
Automotive and aeronautics
The positive aspects of FILAB
A highly qualified team
Responsiveness in responding to and processing requests
A complete analytical park of 2100m²