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ICP-OES Analysis
Inductively Coupled Plasma - Optical Emission Spectroscopy



The instrument used is a Perkin-Elmer Optima 2000 DV with Winlab software. This instrument can analyze aqueous solutions for metals with either a Radial or an Axial plasma configuration. In Axial mode, you can generally achieve a 5-10 ppb detection limit, depending upon the element.

ICP-OES user's booklet (doc)

What Types of Samples Can Be Analyzed?

You can analyze any solids, liquids, or oils that are capable of being fully digested by concentrated acids. Concentrated acids commonly used to digest the samples are nitric acid, hydrochloric acid, and sulfuric acid.

Cost for UM student use:  $9 per hour access fee plus $4 per hour surcharge fee for argon gas, for a total of $13 per hour. This is billable to UM shortcode accounts.

Persons needing to use the ICP should contact Jim Windak for training,


Reserve a time on this machine using the CTools calendar.
If you are outside UMich, contact Jim Windak to arrange time.



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