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ICP Spectroscopy

ICP (Inductively Coupled Plasma) Spectroscopy is an analytical method used to detect and measure elements to analyze chemical samples. The process is based on the ionization of a sample by an extremely hot plasma, usually made from argon gas.


ICP Sample Preparation Technology 

The technology XRF Scientific provides allows users to prepare samples into a form that can be accurately analysed.  For this purpose our main expertise are in lithium borate fusion, whereby samples are dissolved into a lithium borate flux.

The process involves first crushing and pulverising a sample down into a fine dust with a controlled particle size.

The sample and flux are then weighed out accurately.  Once prepared the mixture is placed into a platinum crucible and fused together at over 1000 degrees Celsius inside a specialised fusion furnace.  After the fusion process has been performed, the machine will then automatically pour the mixture into a beaker and stir the liquid.  The liquid is then transferred into a flask and brought up to the correct volume with ultra pure water.

The final result is a solution ready for ICP analysis.


Products for Sample Preparation


Process TaskProduct Group
Sample grinding Laboratory crushers and pulverisers
Sample dryingLaboratory drying ovens


Products for Lithium Borate Fusion


Process TaskProduct Group
Chemical sample dissolution Lithium borate flux chemical reagents
Chemical sample dissolution Chemical reagent weighing instruments
Chemical sample dissolution Sample and reagent processing vessels - platinum crucibles
Chemical sample dissolution Refining service - turn used platinum crucibles back into new
Chemical sample dissolution Sample and chemical reagent melting furnaces - electric and gas fusion machines
Sample Preparation Method development - custom design of the sample preparation process from start to finish


Products for ICP Instruments


Process TaskProduct Group
ICP instrument maintenance ICP torch shield replacements and repairs