Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)

Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) is a technique used for the quantification of chemical elements. It is fast and extremely sensitive, which makes it a very effective tool for the routine analysis of trace elements. The ICP-MS can measure most of the elements in the periodic table with atomic masses from seven to 250.

At SCRI we operate an ELAN DRC-e ICP-MS. The instrument was installed in March 2007. This model features a Dynamic Reaction Cell (DRC) which removes polyatomic interferences and improves the detection limits for many elements. We perform elemental analysis on a variety of plant tissues including tubers, fruits, leaves, seeds and roots. The elements we routinely measure are: Na, Mg, K, Ca, Cs, Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, P, S, Cl and Se.

Photograph of ICP equipment at SCRI

  Photograph of ICP equipment at SCRI