Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) is a trace technique that analyses in the low part-per-billion (ppb) range. The uniqueness of this technique lies in the fact that it utilises the naturally occurring isotopes of all analysable elements to correctly determine the concentration of an analyte. The technique is especially suited for environmental and water analyses, impurities in high-purity end-products of 2 to 5 nines quality, and soils or ores for trace and ultra-trace elements.
Very low detection limits of 0.01 ppm in solutions and 0.1ppm in solids can be attained. Quick semi-quantitative scans can be obtained for solid and solution samples that have trace levels of dissolved solids. The section has two (2) ICP-MS instruments.