IC-ICP-MS is an ideal method for identifying different versions of a molecule, which can be important in determining a sample’s safety or toxicity.
Speciation is the process of separating and quantifying different molecular versions of a compound, which can exhibit very different physiochemical properties, including varying toxicities.
Speciation analysis has become important for food, environmental, and pharmaceutical industries, where simply measuring the total amount of an element is insufficient. Identifying the different species and concentrations of those species provides a more informed understanding of the environmental or health related impact associated with a particular sample. The clinical or environmental approach would be very different depending on the concentration of the toxic species. For example, an exposure to toxic inorganic arsenic (arsenite and arsenate) is a much bigger concern than an exposure to the mildly toxic organic arsenic species. In contrast, organic mercury species are more toxic than inorganic mercury species, so an exposure to methylmercury or ethylmercury poses a more severe health risk.
IC-ICP-MS provides a complete inorganic elemental analysis solution for speciation analysis.
Metal-free IC (with high resolution ion exchange columns and simple online connectivity) together with high sensitivity ICP-MS and integrated software are a powerful combination for fast and efficient metal speciation.
Any of the Thermo Scientific Dionex IC systems can be used in conjunction with the iCAP RQplus ICP-MS system.
Here’s a collection of resources to learn about the feature sets that make this software both powerful and easy to use.