School of GeoSciences

ICP Analysis Facility

The facility supports in-house research, as well as academic and external services in Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry analysis.

Our facility includes:

  1. The sample preparation laboratory 
  2. The ICP-OES laboratory
  3. The Brian Price ICP-MS laboratory


ICP-OES (Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry) is a fast multi-element technique with a dynamic linear range and moderate detection limits (~0.2-100 ppb). The instrument uses an ICP source, made by ionising argon gas, to dissociate the sample into its constituent atoms or ions, exciting them to a level where they emit light of a characteristic wavelength. Up to 60 elements can be screened per single sample run of less than one minute.


ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry) is a multi-element technique for trace analysis where low detection limits (0.0005-1.0 ppb) are required and for high-precision isotope ratio studies. The plasma source is an excellent ion source and most elements from 0-240 amu are ionised into singly charged positive ions (M+ ). Sample preparation is more crucial than in ICP-OES with samples ideally dissolved in 2% HNO3 v/v, a total dissolved solids content.

Contact the ICP Analysis Facility

Contact details and information on access to the ICP laboratories for staff, students and visitors.

ICP laboratories and equipment

Technical information for users of the facility, including instrument specification and capabilities.

Small Research Facility (SRF)

Our ICP Analysis Facility is operated as a Small Research Facility (SRF).

A Small Research Facility (SRF) is a facility or service provided by the School and used for research and teaching.  They are also available for use by the wider community such as external academic or commercial use.  Our SRF's are available for hire or on a consultancy basis.  These charges are recognised by grant funders and can therefore form part of a grant submission.

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