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ICP-OES, also known as ICP-EAS, is used for quality control and R&D in the industry. You can contact us for all your questions about ICP and for purchasing a spectrometer.

Is ICP-OES suitable for my application?

The suitability of ICP-OES for your application depends on the sensitivity that you want to achieve in your measurements. Different techniques are available to analyze elements:


  • XRF: the elements are visible at low ppm value.
  • ICP-OES: the elements are visible at low ppb value.
  • ICP-MS: the elements are visible at low ppt value (also isotopes).

In addition to the sensitivity, the material and the elements also determine the most appropriate technique. The above techniques are capable of detecting several elements in a single analysis (multi-element analysis). To use ICP-OES, it is important that your laboratory has an extraction system and a supply of argon gas. ICP-OES is a technique that works with consumables, like argon. It is also an advantage if the chief analyst has chemical knowledge, which is particularly important for the introduction of samples and interpretation of results. A unique feature of our ICP-OES: the systems are capable of measuring saline up to 40%.

Sample preparation for ICP-OES

The preparation of samples is an important requirement of ICP-OES. To carry out a measurement, clear homogeneous solutions are used. This could mean that a solid sample has to be dissolved, which can be done using appropriate solvents and heating. If the material does not dissolve easily, it is also possible to destroy it using a microwave.

Axial and radial measurements

With an ICP-OES, a distinction is made between axial and radial measurements. Different types of ICP are available:

  • Dual view: the most commonly used plasma configuration today. In this case, the ICP performs a measurement both axially and radially.
  • Dual-side-on-interface (DSOI): the latest in PKI technology. In this case, the ICP measures radially with a second radial viewing position, which means that the detection limits are lower by up to a factor of 2, without additional matrix effects.
  • Multi-view: used for niche applications. In this case, the plasma can be converted both radially and axially.


Our spectrometers

We have been the official partner of SPECTRO since 1996. Please do not hesitate to contact us for the full range of ICP-OES. SPECTRO ICP's are known for their innovation, robustness and precision. With our long experience, our product application specialists (PAS) have in-depth knowledge and are able to support you in your application. Our PAS provide training to your analysts and you can direct your questions to them at any time. In addition, our maintenance engineers do everything in their power to help you during a malfunction or maintenance. If you are interested in our ICP-OES, we will be happy to demonstrate it to you.

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