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The conference looked at different methods of chemical analysis used in the study of environmental pollution. The ability to define the structure and composition of materials has vastly improved over recent decades. The limits of what can be detected have evolved and it is now possible to examine much smaller samples in much less time. However, continual progress must be made to prevent further damage to the environment. Science must do more than simply analyse, it must offer solutions and the chemical analyst must play an active role in their implementation. Despite being one of the most powerful techniques known, mass spectrometry is unable to resolve all of the problems. It can, however, be combined with gas chromatography and liquid chromatography. Other techniques were discussed, such as ICP-MS which combines a mass spectrometer with a plasma acting as a source of ions. This use of plasma facilitates the link with other techniques such as HPLC, ETV, laser ablation and HR-ICP-MS.

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Authors: SALA BENITO J V, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Control de la Contaminacion ambiental, Laredo, Santander (ES), July 20, 1994
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper ES 38817 ORA
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