Perkin Elmer Elan DRC-e ICP-MS, with HPLC and GC
433 Ingersoll Hall Extension
The ELAN® DRC-e Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry allows rapid analyses of concentrations of most elements in the periodic table with parts per trillion (10-12) detection limits. Potentially all types of environmental, geological, biological samples can be analyzed through proper sample preparation. Examples of application include water quality monitoring, trace metals in air particulates, research on metal transport and fate in subsurface environments. The instrument uses Dynamic Reaction Cell™ (DRC™) technology to eliminate polyatomic interferences, therefore can accurately measure, with much lower detection limit, a much wider range of elements than typical ICP-MS or Atomic Absorption instruments.
The instrument is connected to an HPLC system. Currently the speciation kit provided by Perkin Elmer allows the speciation of toxic elements arsenic, chromium, selenium and bromide. HPLC methods can also be applied for the speciation of mercury. A Clarus 500 Gas Chromatograph is available to couple with the ICP-MS for speciation of certain metals such as mercury.
Solid or biological samples can be processed and digested in the trace metal lab which has state-of-the-art equipments including a Milestone microwave oven high pressure digestion system, ultra-clean laminar flow bench, perchloric hood, high-purity water system, centrifuging systems, incubating shaker, hotplate, and ultrasonic bath.