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Why are Tuning Solutions One of the Most Used Standards in ICP-MS Labs?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 16, 2020 9:30:00 AM / by Courtney Dillon posted in Certified Reference Materials, ICP, Aqueous standards

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An ICP-MS system will operate and deliver numerical data even if not set up correctly or operating at expected levels. As discussed in a previous blog, Improve your ICP-OES Performance by using an Internal Standard, internal standards can be used to compensate for a variety of factors that degrade analytical performance, however, proper instrument set-up is core to data integrity. As a result, tuning of ICP-MS instruments is considered by most users to be a daily, if not more frequent, activity, and a prerequisite for achieving accurate results. Best practices dictate, and many standard methods require, that a sample sequence begin with an optimization block, during which a tuning solution is used to set-up the instrument.

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Exploring the “Why” and “How” of ICP-OES Wavelength Calibration

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 10, 2020 10:00:00 AM / by Courtney Dillon posted in Certified Reference Materials, ICP, Aqueous standards

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ICP-OES is the go-to-technique across a number of industries, and when configured correctly, today’s instruments yield detection limits of 1 to 10 ppb for the majority of elements. Although a powerful elemental analysis technique, it is in fact a simple comparator, incapable of making absolute measurements. 

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Three Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Preparing Aqueous Multi-element Standards for AA, ICP, or ICP-MS

[fa icon="calendar'] May 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM / by Susan J. Evans Norris posted in AA, ICP-MA, ICP, Aqueous standards

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Generating high quality, accurate laboratory results starts with high quality, accurate standards. If your calibration standards are not correct, the analyses will not be accurate. Here are three common mistakes, and what you can do to avoid them, when preparing aqueous calibration standards for use in AA, ICP, or ICP-MS techniques.


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