Simply measuring the total amount of an element in a sample does not provide the complete picture. Industries such as pharmaceutical, food, and environmental often measure elements that can exist as multiple molecular forms, or ‘species’, that exhibit different physiochemical properties. Some can be toxic.
To determine a sample’s safety or toxicity, these industries need to identify and quantify the different species of an element that might be present in a sample. The method of choice for speciation analysis is ion chromatography (IC) coupled with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (IC-ICP-MS).
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While total elemental content can be analyzed by ICP-MS, speciation analysis of trace elements is ideally performed by a Thermo Scientific IC-ICP-MS system. The speciation analyzer includes a metal-free IC system with high resolution ion exchange columns and simple online connectivity, together with high sensitivity ICP-MS and integrated software.
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Separate individual ionic species without metal contamination.
Detect and quantify trace elements.
Control and process data, simplify your workflow and maximize efficiency.
|Speciation element||Dionex Aquion IC System||Dionex Integrion HPIC System||Dionex ICS-6000 HPIC System|
|Limited to inorganic species||Suitable||Recommended|
|*Organic species||**Enhanced optimization|
Other examples of elemental analyses that can benefit from ion chromatographic separation include selenium and lanthanides.
Hear why elemental speciation is important, its applications, and the optimal IC-ICP-MS setup for your laboratory.
Read summaries and download full application notes describing speciation of several different elements in a variety of matrices, from food to pharmaceuticals.