Contact for this Instrument: 

Matthew Gonzales

Laboratory Scientist

814 865 3385
EESL Manager: 

Odette Mina

Managing Director of Energy and Environmental Sustainability Laboratories (EESL).

Technical Director: 
Susan Brantley, Distinguished Professor of Geosciences and Director of Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI)
Equipment full name: 
X Series II-SBM and X Series II-MFM Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)

Address: 316 Hosler Building

Description: The LIME facility houses two Thermo X-Series II Quadruple ICP-MS equipped with Collision Cell technology and A New Wave UP-213 Laser ablation system for solid sample analysis. Clean lab sample preparation services for dissolution and laser ablation are available. The ICP-MS is used to conduct the following analyses: 1. Trace element analysis in solution - ICP-MS is used to determine low concentrations, ppb and as low as ppt concentrations in solution. At higher concentrations, the ICP-AES is the preferred method of analysis. 2. Trace element composition analysis - ICP-MS is used to determine concentrations of trace element composition in solid samples after digestion. This technique allows for quantification of elements in solid samples at the ppm level. Some of the rare elements can be quantified at high ppb levels. 3. Trace element analysis - ICP-MS/Laser ablation is used to determine concentrations of trace and low weight percent elements in solid samples. This method is often used when acid digestion is difficult and when conducting analysis of heterogeneous samples. The ICP-MS facility also offers method development for interested researchers.

Sample submission: Samples may be submitted to the ICP-MS LIME laboratory for analysis. Please contact the laboratory to inquire about analytical capabilities and method development.

Training: Student researchers and faculty who may be interested in training on instrument operation and data interpretation, please contact the ICP-MS LIME laboratory to schedule training and time on the instrument. While the number of training hours may vary, depending on the student's knowledge and analytical skills, we require a minimum of 4 training hours prior to allowing the student to independently operate the instrument.

Internal Rate: 
Equipment time: $58.00/hour; Operator time: $53.40/hour
External Academic Rate: 
Equipment time: $137.68/hour; Operator time: $83.79/hour
External Non-Academic Rate: 
Equipment time: $142.06/hour; Operatory time: $86.46/hour