Utility of ICP-MS and LA-ICP-MS

Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) is principally used for rapid, precise and accurate trace element (<1000 ppm) determinations in liquid and solid samples, but other applications include isotopic determinations and speciation studies.

The power of modern ICP-MS resides in its ability to rapidly measure trace elements at very low detection limits (to sub parts per trillion levels) as well as minor and major elements (at parts per million levels) in the same analytical run on suitably diluted samples.

Utility of ICPMS

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Please contact the lab in advance if you are interested in analytical services and before submitting any samples.


Temporary Lab Move

The lab has moved (May 2016) to JGB 1.132 in preparation for construction of a new and larger ICP-MS complex, scheduled for completion in Spring 2017. The new complex should ensure that JSG researchers have access to latest equipment and best facilities for conducting cutting edge research.  The planned facility should also improve opportunities for analytical education in JSG (hands-on learning in the lab).


The 2nd North American Workshop on Laser Ablation (NAWLA’17) will be held May 25-27 at the University of Texas at Austin (Jackson School of Geosciences).

The workshop purpose is to cover fundamentals and parameters, instrumentation, data handling, and a range of scientific applications, as well as promote a sense of community among laser ablation users.

Early registration and abstract submission is live at: