Analytical mass spectrometry
The inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) is widely-used in many industries as a major analytical tool for the determination of elements of the periodic table, especially at the trace level. Applications for ICP-MS include the semiconductor, environmental, geological, chemical, nuclear and clinical fields as well as research laboratories in private, public and academic institutions.
Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) is a long-established (>50 years) and highly-trusted technique for the analysis of volatile analytes of low to moderate molecular weight. Major applications for GC-MS can be found in the following industries: enviroscience, forensics and toxicology, sports medicine and drugs of abuse testing, petrochemistry, pharmacology, food testing, clinical analysis and counter-terrorism (e.g. explosives detection).
Gas source stable isotope-ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) is a technique where the precise measurement of the ratios of naturally-occurring stable isotopes in a sample are determined. Gas source IRMS instruments measure the stable isotopes of C, H, N, O & S. The main application areas of IRMS are in the earth and environmental sciences.
If you have any further questions regarding the above tools and techniques, please contact the ABRF Unit.