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ICP Usage
« on: July 17, 2005, 01:42:05 PM »
Hey, I just finished up a lab (university) learning how to use ICP for analysis, and was wondering how much it's used in "the real world". Not looking for specifics, just more of a "it's dying, you wasted some time learning about it you crazy dinosaur lover" or "new and exciting developments all the time!"

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Re:ICP Usage
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2005, 02:49:08 PM »
Its a common instrument that all universities and industry will have.
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Re:ICP Usage
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2005, 06:57:28 PM »
what's ICP?
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Re:ICP Usage
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2005, 08:14:03 PM »
Inductively Coupled Plasma. It atomizes a sample, and can be used with a variety of detectors (usually emission detection or mass spect), and detects down to very small trace amounts.
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Re:ICP Usage
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2005, 04:59:28 AM »
ICP is an instrument that atomize a element and excites it. then the element will emitt radiation of a certain wavelenght which will quantitively computed by the ICP electronics and software into concetration levels. (ie mg/L etc.)

It is very accurate and could dectect very low concetrations.  

The problem with ICP is smapling! The assayer/chemist must be very profeceint in the sampling technique if not the readings will be out of control / inaccurate.

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Re:ICP Usage
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2005, 04:48:49 AM »
The problem with ICP is smapling! The assayer/chemist must be very profeceint in the sampling technique if not the readings will be out of control / inaccurate.

Do you know of any method where incorrect sampling produces correct results?
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Re:ICP Usage
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2005, 10:57:09 AM »
Hey, if you find one, let us all in on it. Would make things MUCH easier on us  ;)


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Re:ICP Usage
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2005, 05:37:13 PM »
Where I work we have 2 icp's One older OES, and a newer MS. They are workhorses in QC and produce good trace impurities on many samples.

But yes true from an earlier post, sampling is key--> getting into aqueous solutions sometimes tough and dilutions...

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Re:ICP Usage
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2005, 03:21:15 PM »
I've worked with ICP-MS in determining PGM's (platinum group metals) in plant material. The damn thing is so sensitive that we have to dilute samples that are barely in the linear range in AdSV.

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The problem with ICP is smapling! The assayer/chemist must be very profeceint in the sampling technique if not the readings will be out of control / inaccurate.

I don't know why you have problems with sampling - the whole process is automatic - you just stick the tube into the solution. I think you ment to say that you have to be very well oriented in dillutions so you don't damage the apparatus with excess concentration of metals (or exactly their salts) - at least that's what concerns me when it comes to ICP-MS.. well, that and isobaric interferences..  ::)

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