Course Information
Course Title: Introduction to Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry
Categories: 1 - Atomic Spectrometry
2 - Atomic Spectroscopy
3 - Spectroscopy
4 - Inductively Coupled Plasma
Instructor(s): John Fiorino Course Number: 29
Affiliation: Retired
Course Date: 03/12/2012 - Monday Course Length: 1 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 05:00 PM
Fee: $455 ($655 after 2/13/12) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
The course will begin with the basics of atomic spectra, the components of ICP spectrometers and the practical aspects of the hardware. The various sample introduction systems including the purpose of the components and their effect of system performance, classical monochromator and polychromator spectrometers as well as Echelle designs, and detection systems including the new advanced detector approaches will be reviewed. Topics such as calibration curves, background correction, interelement effects, internal standardization, the preparation of multielement standards, and the purity of water and acids will be explored. Strategies for enhancing the performance of ICP systems by using ultrasonic nebulization, hydride generation, sample preconcentration and matrix elimination, microflow nebulization, and laser ablation accessories will be examined. Applications for a variety of matrices and sample preparation techniques will be offered.

Target Audience
Beginner to Introductory - no prerequisites required for this course. However, management may find this course useful as a review session on the analytical technique – ICP-AES.

Course Outline
•Day 1 – Morning
• Atomic Structure
• Components of ICPs
RF Generators
Sample Introduction Systems
Performance Enhancers
Review of ICP Instruments
• Refinements of Measurements
Calibration curves
Background correction
Interelement corrections
Internal standardization
• Other Topics
Learning Venues
- Summary
Day 1 – Afternoon
• ICP Applications involving instrumental approaches

Course Instructor's Biography
John Fiorino is an analytical chemist and spectroscopist with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Iowa State University. He has held technical management positions in industry and government and been a university level educator. Governmental and industrial experience with the Food and Drug Administration, Exxon Research and Engineering, Degussa, and Kodak provided broad background in analysis important in the areas of food safety, petroleum and petrochemical production and research, catalyst development and manufacture as well as general problem solving. After founding Pelican Analytics, a contract analytical laboratory, Dr. Fiorino expanded his scope to include specialty metals, flavors and fragrances, high value materials such as precious metal catalysts, specialty plastics and other organic chemicals. He has now retired from active laboratory management but continues as a consultant in precious metals analytical projects. He also taught chemistry at the University of Florida and VPI & SU and has participated in the development and presentation of ACS and NSF sponsored courses for chemists.