What is IRMS?

Isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) is the study of natural and synthetic samples based on their isotope ratios. The isotope ratio of a material will vary depending on its source and origin as well as on processes that may occur during the lifetime of that material. While IRMS is widely used in Earth sciences to understand Earth’s geological history, it is also used in food authenticity, forensics, medical research, and antidoping testing.

We offer a comprehensive portfolio of isotope ratio mass spectrometers. With more than 70 years of experience building cutting edge analytic instrumentation, frequent new innovations across the portfolio, and a commitment to a sustainable future, our isotope ratio mass spectrometers are the obvious choice for your analytical needs.

New dimensions in isotope ratio analysis

Orbitrap Exploris Isotope Solutions

Orbitrap Exploris Isotope Solutions

Open new dimensions in isotope ratio analysis with Thermo Scientific Orbitrap Exploris Isotope Solutions. Preserve intramolecular isotopic information throughout the analysis and determine previously inaccessible isotopologues by the combination of soft electrospray ionization (ESI) and high-resolution accurate mass (HRAM) sensitivity.

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Retarding Potential Quadrupole (RPQ)

The RPQ improves abundance sensitivity by an order of magnitude and acts as a high selectivity energy filter for ions with disturbed energy or angle. Both our MC-ICP-MS and TIMS can be configured with two RPQ lenses.

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Add MS/MS to your Thermo Scientific Neoma MC-ICP-MS

Neoma MC-ICP-MS comes with the upgrade pathway to MS/MS MC-ICP-MS. This dedicated collision/reaction cell MC-ICP-MS, with unique pre-cell mass filtering technology, allows separation of isobaric interferences.

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Qtegra ISDS Software for Gas IRMS

Automate your research by managing instrument control, data acquisition, data processing, and report generation from one easy software platform with Thermo Scientific Qtegra Intelligent Scientific Data Solution (ISDS). Utilize this software with gas IRMS instruments, high resolution IRMS, and noble gas mass spectrometers. 

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Understanding the world around us and our place within it using isotopes.
From demise of the dinosaurs through to finding new ways to diagnose diseases, isotope research provides critical information about biological, chemical and geological processes. Isotopes can be used to provide information on how ancient civilizations lived, they can be used to date critical events in the geological past and can provide insights into disease pathways. Explore the ways that isotopes can benefit your field of research.

Biology & Biogeochemistry
Oil & Gas
Semiconductor and high purity metals

IsoFootprint: Paving the way to sustainable isotope analysis

As global levels of atmospheric CO2 continue to increase, we need to be making positive steps forward to reduce our emissions and remove CO2 from the atmosphere. We are producing net zero inorganic mass spectrometry instruments, removing 100% of the CO2 emissions associated with our products and their supply chain through investment in high quality, durable carbon removal projects.

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