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Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry: What Factors Are Driving Its Application Landscape?

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Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) is undoubtedly the fastest-growing trace element technique available today. Only a handful of instruments were sold when it was commercialized in 1983. But today the annual worldwide market size exceeds 2,000 systems, used for many varied and diverse applications.

Even though it can broadly determine the same suite of elements as other atomic spectroscopic techniques, ICP-MS has clear advantages in its multielement characteristics, speed of analysis, detection limits and isotopic capability.

Download this listicle to learn more about:

  • ICP-MS principles of operation
  • The components of an ICP mass spectrometer
  • Applications of ICP-MS