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Abstract Title: Comprehensive Analysis of Elemental Contamination in Environmental Samples utilizing Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)
Presenter Name: Dr Simon Nelms
Co-authors:Dr Daniel Kutscher
Dr Shona McSheehy-Ducos
Company/Organisation: Thermo Fisher Scientific
Country: United Kingdom

Abstract Information :

The analysis of elemental contamination is a significant task for laboratories working in environmental analysis. Besides direct regulation of contaminant levels, for example in waters, also a number of other sample types must be screened, such as soils or sludges. Targeted elements comprise the "big four", arsenic, cadmium, mercury and lead, but also many other elements.

Particular challenges in this area include the need to often measure large numbers of samples and potential complications caused by a variety of spectral interferences. For example, if rare earth elements are present in a given sample, they can lead to severe interferences on arsenic and selenium. To avoid false positive results, triple quadrupole ICP-MS is ideally suited for effectively removing all potential interferences. However, the inherently higher complexity of a triple quadrupole based system in comparison to traditionally applied single quad systems is a barrier for most laboratories dealing with routine analysis.

This presentation will highlight the use of ICP-MS, especially triple quadrupole ICP-MS, for the analysis of environmental samples. Dedicated software solutions, such as tools to simplify method development, increase productivity or tackle advanced applications, such as chromatography or nanoparticle analysis, will be presented to show the broadness of accessible applications using modern ICP-MS instrumentation.