Spotlight on Method 6020 Instrumentation - ICP/MS Metals Analysis
Prepared by D. Tsourides
Spectro Ametek, 40 Sharps Drive, PLYMOUTH, MA, 02360, United States
Contact Information: [email protected]; 508-833-8993
Clean, fresh, water is essential to life. Unfortunately, since the industrial revolution, waterways and coastal waters have been polluted, harming human health. In the past decades significant progress in the treatment of sewage and industrial wastes has been made. As a result levels of most pollutants have decreased and a measurable improvement in water quality has been achieved. In order to protect human health from the adverse effects of any contamination of water intended for human consumption.
All measurements were performed with the SPECTRO MS Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (SPECTRO Analytical Instruments, Kleve, Germany). The SPECTRO MS features a double focusing mass spectrometer in Mattauch-Herzog geometry. The mass spectrometer focuses the ions separated by mass/charge ratio onto a focal plane at the exit of the magnet using a fixed setting for the electrostatic analyzer and a permanent magnet. During the measurement, no scanning is required,
resulting in a fully simultaneous determination of all elements and fully utilizing the continuous ion beam produced by the ICP. This hardware configuration allows for a completely new way of mass correction not previously possible by traditional Quad based systems.