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High resolution array ICP-OES available for multiple element analysis

Analytik Jena AG offers its first high-resolution array ICP-OES (optical emission spectrometry using inductively coupled plasma) with the PlasmaQuant PQ 9000 for multiple element analysis.

Offered within Analytik Jena’s core segment of analysis measuring technology, the ICP-OES method is routinely used for determining minute element concentrations especially in environmental analysis, material research, metal or pharmaceutical industries.

The PlasmaQuant PQ 9000 is designed to overcome some of the most complicated analytical challenges in emission spectrometry with a high degree of precision, flexibility and ease of use. Technological advances have been made to the optical resolution, the plasma torch design and the generation and observation of the plasma.

Featuring array technology, excellent spectral resolution and clever design of the plasma torch, the PlasmaQuant PQ 9000 is suitable for demanding samples and complicated matrices. Its high performance in the identification of spectral interferences allows a precise evaluation of analysis results of samples with high salt content or just traces of elements as well as of acids and bases.

Optical emission spectrometry using inductively coupled plasma (ICP-OES) is an analysis method in which very hot argon plasma analyses the elements present in a sample using optical emission. The content of individual elements can be determined based on the emitted characteristic radiation.

The PlasmaQuant PQ 9000 also allows for the safe analysis of rare earth metals such as cerium, lanthanum, neodymium or samarium in silicate-containing minerals. The high salt content in these minerals do not pose a problem thanks to the PlasmaQuant PQ 9000 technology. Spectral interferences in these samples caused by the high content of main group elements such as sodium, aluminium or silicon can be detected with the help of high resolution and easily corrected.

The PlasmaQuant PQ 9000 ICP-OES instrument is also used in the analysis of biodiesel for traces of metals such as sodium, potassium or manganese, the presence of which leads to foaming of the fuel, resulting in unstable or lower performance as well as clogging of filters. Other trace elements to be controlled in fuel are phosphorus and sulphur, which are known as catalyst poisons as well as sulphur dioxide, an environmental pollutant produced during combustion.

Key benefits of the PlasmaQuant PQ 9000 system include clever benchtop design; innovative high-end technology; impressive analytical performance; high sample efficiency; benchmark-setting operating comfort; and premium quality German manufacturing.

The PlasmaQuant PQ 9000 is available in Australia and New Zealand from MEP Instruments.

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