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Direct Analysis of Trace Elements in Estuarine Waters Using TQ-ICP-MS

Birds eye view of open estuarine waters
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Estuaries, where marine and riverine processes interact, are brackish ecosystems with highly variable salinities, making them prone to contamination from industrial, agricultural and urban sources.

However, analyzing samples with high salt content using ICP-MS presents challenges, including crystallization and deposition of salts that can block analysis equipment, leading to signal reduction and drift.

This application note demonstrates how argon gas can be used to dilute the sample before it enters the plasma, reducing potential interferences and maintaining detection sensitivity.

Download this application note to find out how to:

  • Effectively mitigate the challenges posed by high salt content in estuarine water samples
  • Enhance detection sensitivity for toxic elements in complex sample matrices
  • Accurately quantify contaminants, ensuring reliable and reproducible results
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