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This article summarises some of the environmental applications of ICP-MS at the JRC in Ispra. A specific characteristic of ICP-MS is the opportunity it gives for multielementary analysis. This characteristic is accurately described in the first example of water analysis. The technique allows as many as 23 elements, having different chemical and physical properties, to be measured at the same time. In the space of a few minutes, results are available to check that the levels of these elements comply with current legislation. The second application involves soil analysis, to provide typical examples of the measurement of elements associated with the matrix in differing chemical forms. The problem of measuring six toxic elements extracted in three different chemical forms is resolved using the same semi-quantitative parameters of analysis described in the case of water. Another area of application of ICP-MS is the detection of traces and ultratraces. By using high resolution ICP-MS, the levels of certain toxic elements of antropic origin present in Antarctic snows and glaciers (TI, Cr, Cd) is documented.

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Authors: MOUSTY F, JRC Ispra (IT);TRINCHERINI P R, JRC Ispra (IT);POLETTINI A L, Sea Marconi Technologies, Collegno (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Inquinamento (1993) No. 10, pp. 50-56
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