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 within a sample. Element provides a wide array of ICP analysis services including ICP Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) and ICP Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES), also known as ICP Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES).

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 test method, the atomic emission or ion mass is used to quantify the elements present in the sample.


ICP-MS analysis

ICP-MS is a technique to determine low concentrations ppb(ug/L) and ultra-low (ppt) concentrations of elements/isotope. This is achieved by ionizing the sample with inductively coupled plasma and then using a mass spectrometer to separate and quantify those ions.

Applications of ICP-MS include trace elemental/metals analysis in water, seawater, soils, sludges, plant materials, food, and Chinese Proprietary Medicine(CPM)/Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).



Element offers several types of ICP testing and analysis procedures, 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 down to part per billion (ppb), ICP-MS provides a lower detection limit down to part per trillion (ppt).


ICP-OES analysis

Our  ICP laboratories can also conduct ICP Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES Analysis) to identify and quantify the elements present in a wide range of materials such as solids, liquids, and suspensions. We are able to analyze the following elements:As, Al, Ag, B, Be, Ba, Ca, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Mo, Na, Ni, P, Pb, Se, Sn, Sr, Tl, V, Zn and Hg.

Besides the environmental samples, ICP-AES has been used in many applications such as:

  • Analysis of children’s toys and childcare products
  • Toxicity test
  • Medical/pharmacy products to look for metal contaminants
  • Compositional analysis: RoHS testing


ICP analysis capabilities

Element’s ICP analysis services range from testing for mechanical hazards, environmental compliance, and chemical composition to analyzing consumer products for regulated compounds, and many more.

We deliver ICP testing and analysis to a wide variety of standards, including ASTM specifications such as ASTM E1479, E2594, E3061, F3139, E2371, and E954. Our Engaged Experts are familiar with compliance testing and industry standards to help identify the best method that meets your end goals.


The Element advantage 

As a fully ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, Element performs ICP testing and analysis services for customers from many sectors including Aerospace, Oil & Gas, Environmental, Infrastructure, and Transportation.

Our expertise in chemical laboratory analysis, combined with the advanced ICP testing instruments enables us to analyze a wide variety of materials for the chemical composition of compounds such as metal, non-metal, liquids, paints, and coatings.

Whether you require a material verification or unknown trace analysis, our ICP testing and analysis services offer effective and accurate test results.

For more information about our chemical and ICP analysis capabilities, contact us today. 

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Atomic Absorption (AA)

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Gas Chromatography Mass Spectroscopy

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