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.