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Optimized Multi-Element Analysis of Environmental Waters

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The release of toxic substances, such as heavy metals, from domestic and industrial activities poses significant health risks due to their toxicity, persistence and bioaccumulative properties.

Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) is the preferred technique for analyzing low concentrations of metals in environmental samples. However, high levels of dissolved solids in complex samples can significantly affect the instrument's sensitivity.

This application note describes an optimized method for analyzing a wide variety of water samples using argon gas dilution (AGD) to mitigate matrix effects and streamline sample preparation.

Download this application note to discover:

  • How triple quadrupole ICP-MS can enhance the accuracy and sensitivity of heavy metal detection
  • The benefits of using AGD for direct analysis of trace elements in complex environmental samples
  • How to optimize multi-element determination in surface and sea waters
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