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GEO 391 – Fundamentals and Applications of ICP-MS

Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) is widely regarded as the premier technique for trace, minor and major element measurement, and has wide applications in almost every analytical field. This course covers fundamentals of the technique (history/development; overviews of major components and design considerations, control of interferences, and guidelines for sample preparation and contamination control) and explores, in hands-on labs, applications and capabilities of ICP-MS. Lecture/lab contents are approximately 50:50 with the lab component emphasized in the second half of the course.

Prerequisite: graduate standing in geological sciences or graduate standing and consent of instructor.