Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy

The lab has a Thermo iCap 6200 ICP-OES.  The ICP is used for trace composition analysis of many types of samples. Nearly any sample that can be dissolved in liquid (often water, a solvent, or acid) can be run through the ICP to determine the exact amounts of elements present down to the parts-per-billion (ppb) range. The ICP is used to analyze corrosion and oxidation products that form on samples and allows for a better understanding of the exact degradation mechanisms each material system experiences at temperature.