PlasmaQuant PQMS ICP-MS from Analytik Jena

The PlasmaQuant MS range of instruments from Analytik Jena provides unparalleled sensitivity and speed, but with the lowest running costs of any ICP-MS instrument. With their flexibility and added features, the PlasmaQuant MS range is perfect for meeting both routine and complex analytical challenges with user-friendly software and simple maintenance.

In the sections below we highlight some key features and applications of the PlasmaQuant MS range, demonstrating why they are the currently the preferred choice for ICP-MS in research, commercial, and industrial laboratories.  Further information is also available on the Analytik Jena website or contact SciMed today!

Key features of the PlasmaQuant MS range

The PlasmaQuant MS range provides the perfect selection of ICP-MS instruments for any laboratory. They offer unparalleled sensitivity and speed, with the lowest running costs of any ICP-MS, and the smallest footprint. They can handle difficult sample matrices using built-in aerosol dilution, whilst the Nitrox system allows direct analysis of organic solvents (plus enhanced signal for difficult to ionise elements and reduction of matrix effects).

Key features of PlasmaQuant include:

  • Low argon use – compared to all other ICP-MS instruments
  • High sensitivity – up to 10 times more sensitive than equivalent ICP-MS devices
  • Faster analysis time
  • Robust performance with difficult matrices
  • Rapid switching between helium collision or hydrogen reaction gas modes
  • Fast and easy routine maintenance of torch and cones through book design opening of the interface

PlasmaQuant MS features specialist ASpect MS software, providing

  • Automated instrument optimisation, including plasma alignment, mass resolution, and mass calibration
  • Simple method development and pre-installed standard methods
  • Automated Quality Control checks and procedures, including preparation blanks, matrix spike recovery, calibration check standards, and auto recalibration

Watch the video below to review the summary features of the PQ-MS Elite from our demonstration laboratory in Stockport

Key applications of PlasmaQuant MS

ICP-MS can quantify elements across the periodic down to levels of parts-per-quadrillion, but also as high as part-per-thousand or even percent levels, due to the extended range of the all-digital detector.

Various industries and sectors use ICP-MS for sample analysis, including:

    • Environment – soil, water, waste, recycling
    • Food and Agriculture – feed, foodstuffs, beverages and ingredients
    • Chemicals and Materials – raw materials, impurities, reagents, finished products
    • Oil and Gas – impurities, processing, and organic solvents
    • Power and Energy – raw materials and effluents
    • Medical and forensic – for toxicology, biomonitoring and materials analysis
    • Pharma and Life Sciences – inorganic impurities, cis-platin therapies, or nanoparticle drug delivery systems
    • Geology, Mining and Metals – exploration, ore analysis, processing, and speciality metals

Other specialized applications include measurement of metal-organic speciation, 2 (or 3)-D imaging of element distribution at the µm scale, radionuclides analysis, fluorine and fluorinated compounds, analysis proteins via specifically binding metal-tagged antibodies (mass cytometry), and measurement of the size and shape of nanoparticles.

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Save 50% on Argon Consumption

ICP-MS consumes large quantities of argon gas, principally as the source for the plasma. Compressed gas cylinders may be suitable for limited use, but more commonly liquid argon containers are used. Argon is therefore the major consumable cost when operating an ICP-MS.

The argon consumption of all other ICP-MS instruments is 18-24 L/minute, making argon a key consumable cost for the laboratory. The PlasmaQuant MS range, however, consumes only 10-12 L/min giving an approx. 50% reduction in argon usage and therefore cost.

For example, a laboratory operating ICP-MS 12-16 hours per day, 5 days per week, can currently expect liquid argon costs to exceed £2000 per month and increase over time with inflation. This equates to a saving of >£36,000 over 3-years or >£120,000 over the typical-10 year lifespan of an ICP-MS.

PQ MS argon consumption

PlasmaQuant MS performance

The lower cost of PlasmaQuant MS ownership does not compromise performance, in fact the PlasmaQuant MS performance statistics are the best in class.  A typical sensitivity of 1500 Mcps/ppm is achieved with standard nebulisation at <2% CeO, in contrast with other models, which quote 100-1000 Mcps/ppm <2% CeO.

This outstanding sensitivity combined with low background and a fast-counting detector, makes PlasmaQuant MS the most sensitive ICP-MS currently available, without needing more expensive and complex triple-quadrupole systems. The enhanced sensitivity is mostly attributable to unique ReflexION ion mirror which focusses the ion beam through 90º removing background from photons. The unique all-digital detector provides linear calibration over 11 orders of magnitude.

Accessories for PlasmaQuant MS

A range of autosamplers are available for liquid samples with high-throughput options. ICP-MS can be combined with HPLC or GC -for elemental speciation measurements, whilst laser ablation provides direct spatially resolved measurements of solid samples. Single-particle or measurements can be achieved through combination of ICP-MS with specialised sampling methods, separation techniques such as e.g. field flow fractionation, or by through software deconvolution of direct ICP-MS signal data.

Why Choose PlasmaQuant MS?

Analytik Jena is recognised as a global leader in analytical instrumentation. The company has built a formidable reputation for developing new, innovative and exciting analytical instrumentation.

The PlasmaQuant range includes four bespoke ICP-MS systems, each designed to ensure optimum performance in your laboratory:

      • PlasmaQuant MS
      • PlasmaQuant MS Q
      • PlasmaQuant MS Elite
      • PlasmaQuant MS Elite S.

Whether you’re working in cutting-edge research, conducting high-throughput routine analysis or dealing with high-matrix samples, we can provide the right answer for your needs.

PlasmaQuant MS from Analytik Jena should be your benchmark when choosing an ICP-MS system.

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