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Environmental applications of single collector high resolution ICP-MS

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Abstract

The number of environmental applications of single collector high resolution ICP-MS (HR-ICP-MS) has increased rapidly in recent years. There are many factors that contribute to make HR-ICP-MS a very powerful tool in environmental analysis. They include the extremely low detection limits achievable, tremendously high sensitivity, the ability to separate ICP-MS signals of the analyte from spectral interferences, enabling the reliable determination of many trace elements, and the reasonable precision of isotope ratio measurements. These assets are improved even further using high efficiency sample introduction systems. Therefore, external factors such as the stability of laboratory blanks are frequently the limiting factor in HR-ICP-MS analysis rather than the detection power. This review aims to highlight the most recent applications of HR-ICP-MS in this sector, focusing on matrices and applications where the superior capabilities of the instrumental technique are most useful and often ultimately required.

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Submitted
13 Mar 2007
Accepted
24 May 2007
First published
13 Jun 2007

J. Environ. Monit., 2007,9, 790-804
Article type
Critical Review

Environmental applications of single collector high resolution ICP-MS

M. Krachler, J. Environ. Monit., 2007, 9, 790
DOI: 10.1039/B703823M

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