Inductively Coupled Plasma - Optical Emission Spectroscopy

The ICP-OES facility houses a Perkin-Elmer 5300 DV inductively coupled plasma – optical emission spectrometer which can be used for rapid, simultaneous determination of most elements. This instrumentation is most commonly used for the analysis of water and dissolved inorganic materials such as minerals, metals, and waste.

Complete with a Cetac auto sampler, the ICP-OES can run up to 250 samples in a single session. Samples travel to the plasma through a peristaltic pump system and are introduced into the instrument using a concentric nebulizer. Excited atoms and ions are produced in the plasma which emits electromagnetic radiation at wavelengths characteristic of a particular element.

If usage of the instrument is infrequent, the Laboratory Coordinator will run the samples (though students are encouraged to view the analysis at least once for a better understanding of the instrumentation). If students will be consistently using ICP-OES for their research, training can be provided (e.g. weekly analysis).

If possible, samples should be made up in 2% nitric acid before submitting them to the Lab Coordinator.

For more information on ICP-OES or if you would like to use ICP-OES for your research project please contact Adam Beaton (, x2014, C-1019)

Pricing (per sample)
Internal - $25
External (academic) - $35
External (commercial) - $50

Prices updated April 1st 2015

Perkin-Elmer 5300 DV Inductively Coupled Plasma - Optical Emission Spectrometer



230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552