With state-of-the-art instrumentation and cutting-edge ICP equipment, Element’s ICP analysis services (including ICP MS, ICP AES and ICP OES) offer effective and precise quantification and identification of elements in a wide range of materials across diverse industries and applications.


What is ICP Analysis and why do I need it?

Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) analysis is a robust, versatile, and highly sensitive technique  for detecting and quantifying multiple trace and ultra-trace elements in samples simultaneously. ICP analysis provides a comprehensive, all-encompassing view of a sample's elemental composition in  one single test. Its far-reaching applications span a diverse range of industries, from aerospace and oil and gas to environmental, infrastructure, transportation, and life sciences. 

There are multiple types of ICP testing and analysis procedures - choosing the best method for your needs will depend upon your sample type and end goals. Whether it’s ultra-low, trace, or specific element concentrations you seek, Element offers a wide range of ICP analysis services to cater to all your needs, including atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES). 


Key Benefits of Working with Element for ICP Analysis Services

  • Reliable results through expert sample preparation: The key to accurate ICP analysis lies in proper sample preparation. Element’s experienced team, state-of-the-art equipment, and advanced sample preparation techniques ensure effective sample prep and reliable results.
  • Simplified data interpretation: Interpreting complex ICP analysis data can be challenging, but with Element's experts by your side, it becomes a straightforward process. We help you make sense of your results, simplifying data interpretation.
  • Advanced ICP instrumentation: You’ll have access to our advanced ICP testing instruments capable of analyzing a wide range of materials, from metals and non-metals to liquids, paints, grease, plant tissue, elemental impurities, pharmaceuticals, coatings, and more.
  • An unwavering commitment to quality: We uphold strict quality control and assurance standards so you can always count on us for consistent and reliable results.
  • Compliance made easy: Our experts help streamline compliance, ensuring your ICP analysis and documentation meet industry standards and regulatory requirements, including ASTM specifications like ASTM E1479, E2594, E3061, F3139, E2371, and E954. Plus, our Engaged Experts will assist you in selecting the right method to achieve your specific goals.


Get Quality and Affordable Results when you need them 

ICP analysis can be an expensive and long process and we recognize that your budget and time are valuable. At Element, we provide the Spark OES technique which offers timely and cost-effective results if the sample is of suitable size and a standard material type.


Customized ICP Solutions for Your Unique Needs

Our customized ICP analysis solutions are designed to meet your unique needs – and our experts are here to help you overcome any analytical challenges. We go beyond analysis, offering method development, validation, sample preparation, and comprehensive data interpretation of metal alloys. This means you not only get accurate results but also gain a deeper understanding of your samples. Together, we’ll ensure the safety, quality, and compliance of your products.


Your ICP Analysis Expert 

Dan Olson

Dan Olson

Element's Chemist

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“Element is a very customer-driven company, and they show that through how their employees treat their customers. We have had some "difficult" tests, but Element helped us through it all—their teams work phenomenally together, which shows in the quality. We look forward to our continual relationship with Element.”

Tyler Smith

Electronics Metal Finishing Corp.

Our Range of ICP Services and Capabilities

ICP-MS analysis: 

ICP Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) is a versatile tool for detecting and quantifying elements in numerous samples, ranging from environmental to industrial and biological. It determines low concentrations of ppb(ug/L) and ultra-low (ppt) concentrations of elements/isotope and ionizes the sample using inductively coupled plasma and quantifies ions with a mass spectrometer. ICP-MS applications include trace elemental/metals analysis in water, seawater, soils, sludges, plant materials, and food.


ICP-OES analysis:

Serving a variety of applications, ICP Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES) analysis identifies and quantifies trace elements present in solids, liquids, suspensions, and more. ICP-OES analysis can analyze small samples, including drillings, millings, or swarf, with both high and low concentrations down to ppm/ppb levels (0.0001%) or 99%. It is used to determine concentrations of a wide range of elements in materials such as metals, minerals, environmental samples, biological specimens, and industrial products.

Some examples include:


ICP-AES analysis: 

Another highly effective chemical analysis technique, atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES)allows for both trace and major concentrations across a wide range of elements down to part per billion (ppb).


Additional services:

  • Sample preparation
  • Grading of material following ICP OES analysis
  • Environmental compliance and chemical composition testing
  • Product-regulated testing
  • Water and soil analysis for metal elements
  • Customization and specialized analyses, including method development and validation


Why Choose Element? 

Whether it’s material verification or unknown trace analysis, Element’s ICP testing and analysis services deliver effective and precise results. You’ll be supported by leading experts and a global network of chemical and materials testing laboratories with an unparalleled depth and breadth of capabilities and capacity.

With our ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited testing services and decades of experience, we’re trusted by a diverse range of industries, from aerospace and oil and gas to environmental, infrastructure, transportation, and life sciences. To learn more about Element’s credentials, please visit our About Us page. 

If you're interested in our ICP analysis capabilities, get in touch with us today. Your success is our priority, backed by unwavering precision and reliability.

American Public Health Association

APHA 3120 B Modified, APHA 3125 B 

American Society for Testing and Materials

ASTM 2823, ASTM A751, ASTM D1976, ASTM D4294, ASTM D5708, ASTM D7220, ASTM D7303, ASTM D7751, ASTM E1019, ASTM E1085, ASTM E1086, ASTM E1097, ASTM E1131, ASTM E1184, ASTM E1251, ASTM E1277, ASTM E1361, ASTM E1409, ASTM E1447, ASTM E1473, ASTM E1479, ASTM E1621, ASTM E1834, ASTM E1941, ASTM E227, ASTM E2371, ASTM E2465, ASTM E2594, ASTM E29, ASTM E305, ASTM E3061, ASTM E322, ASTM E350, ASTM E351, ASTM E352, ASTM E353, ASTM E354, ASTM E414, ASTM E415, ASTM E478, ASTM E53, ASTM E539, ASTM E572

Consumer Product Safety Commission

 CPSC-CH-E1001-08.2, CPSC-CH-E1002-08.2, CPSC-CH-E1003-09, CPSC-CH-E1003-09.1

British Standards

EN 14242, EN ISO 13032

Environmental Protection Agency

EPA 1311, EPA 200.7, EPA 200.8, EPA 245.1, EPA 3125B, EPA 6010, EPA 6010B, EPA 6020, EPA 6020A, EPA 7470, EPA 7471

International Organization for Standardization

ISO 11885


McKeague 4.47, McKeague 4.51, McKeague 4.65

National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP)

Nadcap Codes F3 & G1 & G2 & G3 & G4 & G5 & S & V

  • Arsenic (As), Aluminium (Al), Silver (Ag)
  • Boron (B), Beryllium (Be), Barium (Ba)
  • Calcium (Ca), Cadmium (Cd), Cobalt (Co), Chromium (Cr), Copper (Cu)
  • Iron (Fe)
  • Potassium (K)
  • Magnesium (Mg), Manganese (Mn), Molybdenum (Mo)
  • Sodium (Na), Nickel (Ni)
  • Phosphorus (P), Lead (Pb)
  • Selenium (Se), Tin (Sn), Strontium (Sr)
  • Thallium (Tl) • Vanadium (V)
  • Zinc (Zn)• Mercury (Hg)
  • Metals and non-metals
  • Heavy Metals
  • Liquids
  • Paints Coatings
Giles Mertens, Department Manager Chemistry and Powder Testing at Element Antwerp, explains the use of ICP-OES for powder characterization for additive manufacturing.

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