Inductively Coupled Plasma, or ICP analysis, is a powerful chemical analysis method which can be used to identify both trace amounts and major concentrations of nearly all elements related to metallic samples.

This method requires the use of liquefied samples, thus digestion of solid materials is often required. ICP analysis utilizes a plasma torch to vaporize fine droplets of the sample. Depending upon the ICP analysis technique, the atomic emission or ion mass is used to quantify the elements present in the sample.

Element offers several types of ICP analysis, including atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES) and mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Both methods are highly effective chemical analysis techniques, and choosing the best method for your needs will depend upon your sample type and end goals. While ICP-AES allows for both trace and major concentrations across a wide range of elements, ICP-MS provides an even more precise reading by converting the sample’s atomic emissions into atoms. These atoms are detected by mass spectrometer, which allows for extremely precise readings as well as the ability to perform a trace analysis on multiple elements in one analysis.

Element offers ICP analysis to a wide variety of standards, including ASTM specifications such as ASTM E1479 and ASTM E1097. Whether you require a material verification or unknown trace analysis, our experts will work with you to help determine the best method to meet your end goals. 

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