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INDUCTIVELY COUPLED PLASMA MASS SPECTROMETRY (ICP-MS) AS AN ANALYTICAL TOOL, AND SOME EXPERIENCES WITH A NEW PERKIN ELMER/SCIEX ELAN 6000 INSTRUMENT AT THE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF ISRAEL

Speaker:
Dr. Henry Foner
Geological Survey of Israel
Head, Geochemistry Division
Israel

Date:
Friday, January 19, 1996, 3:30 pm.
Ben Bandy Conference Room
Center for Applied Energy Research

Abstract:
The lecture will describe IC-MS as an analytical tool and try to place it in perspective in the wide spectrum of analytical techniques available in the modern analytical laboratory.

Our experience with the new Perkin Elmer/Sciex CLAN 6000 instrument will be described as well as some of the uses to which the instrument has been put during the six months since its installation. In particular the use of the ICP-MS to determine bromine and iodine in natural waters will be described. These waters range in salinity from Dead Sea Water (35% solids) to spring water (5 pp Cl). The method developed uses Flow Injection Analysis to overcome some of the inherent limitations of the usual hydraulic nebulization technique.

Other techniques of interest that will be mentioned are the determination of cadmium in coal ash and oil shales; the direct FIAS determination of uranium in urine; and rare earth determinations.