4th Edition

Practical Guide to ICP-MS and Other Atomic Spectroscopy Techniques A Tutorial for Beginners

By Robert Thomas Copyright 2024
    460 Pages 166 Color & 50 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    460 Pages 166 Color & 50 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Written by one of the very first practitioners of ICP-MS, Practical Guide to ICP-MS and Other Atomic Spectroscopy Techniques: A Tutorial for Beginners presents ICP-MS in a completely novel and refreshing way. By comparing it with other complementary atomic spectroscopy (AS) techniques, it gives the trace element analysis user community a glimpse into why the technique was first developed and how the application landscape has defined its use today, 40 years after it was first commercialized in 1983.

    What’s new in the 4th edition:

    • Updated chapters on the fundamental principles and applications of ICP-MS
    • New chapters on complementary AS techniques including AA, AF, ICP-OES, MIP-AES, XRF, XRD, LIBS, LALI-TOFMS
    • Strategies for reducing errors and contamination with plasma spectrochemical techniques
    • Comparison of collision and reaction cells including triple/multi quad systems
    • Novel approaches to sample digestion
    • Alternative sample introduction accessories
    • Comprehensive glossary of terms used in AS
    • New vendor contact information

    The book is not only suited to novices and beginners, but also to more experienced analytical scientists who want to know more about recent ICP-MS developments, and where the technique might be heading in the future. Furthermore, it offers much needed guidance on how best to evaluate commercial AS instrumentation and what might be the best technique, based on your lab’s specific application demands.

    "I feel honored to have been asked to deliver the Foreword for this book, which is suited not only for beginners, but also for more experienced analytical scientists who want to know the advances in plasma spectrochemistry instrumentation and related future opportunities."

    -Dr. Heidi Goenaga Infante, LGC Science Fellow; Chief Scientist, National Measurement Laboratory, Visiting Professor, University of Strathclyde, UK.





    About the Author

    Chapter 1: An Overview of ICP Mass Spectrometry

    Chapter 2: Principles of Ion Formation

    Chapter 3: Sample Introduction

    Chapter 4: Plasma Source

    Chapter 5: Interface Region

    Chapter 6: Ion Focusing System

    Chapter 7: Mass Analyzers: Quadrupole Technology

    Chapter 8: Mass Analyzers: Double-Focusing Magnetic Sector Technology

    Chapter 9: Mass Analyzers: Time-Of-Flight Technology

    Chapter 10: Mass Analyzers: Collision/Reaction Cell and Interface Technology

    Chapter 11: Ion Detectors

    Chapter 12: Peak Measurement Protocol

    Chapter 13: Methods of Quantitation

    Chapter 14: Review of ICP-MS Interferences

    Chapter 15: Routine Maintenance

    Chapter 16: Sampling and Sample Preparation Procedures

    Chapter 17: A Practical Guide to Reducing Errors and Contamination Using Plasma Spectrochemistry

    Chapter 18: Performance- and Productivity-Enhancement Techniques

    Chapter 19: Coupling ICP-MS with Chromatographic Separation Techniques for Speciation Studies

    Chapter 20: Overview of the ICP-MS Application Landscape

    Chapter 21: Fundamental Principles and Applications of Atomic Absorption and Atomic Fluoresence

    Chapter 22: Fundamental Principles, Method Development and Operational Requirements of ICP-Optical Emission Spectroscopy

    Chapter 23: Other Complementary Atomic Spectroscopy Techniques

    Chapter 24: Performance Characteristics of Common Atomic Spectroscopy Techniques

    Chapter 25: Running Costs of Common AS Techniques

    Chapter 26: How to Evaluate an ICP Mass Spectrometer: Some Important Analytical Considerations

    Chapter 27: Glossary of Terms Used in Atomic Spectroscopy

    Chapter 28: Useful Contact Information



    Robert (Rob) Thomas is the Principal Scientist at Scientific Solutions, a consulting company that serves the educational needs of the trace element analysis user community. He has worked in the field of atomic and mass spectroscopy for almost 50 years, including 24 years for a manufacturer of atomic spectroscopic instrumentation. He has served on the American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on Analytical Reagents (CAR) for the past 20 years as leader of the plasma spectrochemistry, heavy metals task force, where he has worked very closely with the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) to align ACS heavy metal testing procedures with pharmaceutical guidelines. Rob has written over 100 technical publications, including a 15-part tutorial series on ICP-MS. He is also the editor of and frequent contributor to the Atomic Perspectives column in Spectroscopy magazine, as well as serving on the editorial advisory board of Analytical Cannabis. In addition, Rob has authored five textbooks on the fundamental principles and applications of ICP-MS. Prior to this new edition of Practical Guide to ICP-MS and Other Atomic Spectroscopy Techniques, his most recent book was a paperback version of Measuring Heavy Metal Contaminants in Cannabis and Hemp, published in December 2021. Rob has an advanced degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Wales, UK, and is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and a Chartered Chemist (CChem).