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Course Title: Perspectives and Progress in Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission (ICP-AES) Spectrometry - New Instrumental Configurations for Multi-Element Analysis
Categories: 1 - Atomic Force Microscopy
2 - Inductively Coupled Plasma
3 - Quality/Regulatory/Compliance
4 - Sample Preparation
5 - Water-Wastewater
Instructor(s): Isaac Brenner Course Number: 146
Affiliation: Brenner Scientific
Course Date: 03/05/2016 - Saturday Course Length: 1 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 05:00 PM
Fee: $550 ($750 after 2/12/16) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
Recently ICP-AES instrumentation has undergone tremendous progressive changes. New instrumental and plasma observation configurations have been developed resulting in considerable improvements in analytical performance. This sudden evolution has taken place due to the recognition by users and manufacturers, that detection limits can be significantly enhanced and easily ionized element effects on analyte intensities can be considerably reduced by optimizing plasma operating conditions and observation configurations. Otherwise prevalent interference effects result in matrix mismatches between calibration standards and samples and erroneous analytical results. This awareness occurred due to benchmark fundamental investigations on plasma robustness, observation configurations (axial vs. radial) and cross-over points in the plasma column by Houk, Mermet, Hieftje and others. These investigations included vertical and radial variation of electron number densities, electron and gas-kinetic temperatures, spatial distributions of atom and ion intensities and possible energy transfer from the toroidal region to the central channel of the plasma – to mention just a few. In this short course we will endeavor to describe the analytical merits of these new instrumental and plasma observation developments by providing experimental data using the various configurations. If possible, bring a jump drive for course notes.

Target Audience
This course is intended for all laboratory personel - operators, managers, quality control and assurance specialists, research scientists, environmental chemists, geochemists, biologists, metallurgists, toxicologists, new and experienced users of atomic absorption and plasma spectrometries, and technical personnel at all levels.

Course Outline
1. Overview of recent instrumental developments including MIP
2. Advantages of low UV wavelength range for determination of the halogens
3. New developments in axially, radially dual and “Multiview/simultaneous viewed plasmas.
4. Comparison of the configurations using conventional figures of merit (limits of detection, response linearity, and matrix effects)
5. Evaluation of plasma observation and configuration i.e., methods of cool plasma cut off
6. Effect of ICP operating conditions (RF power, nebulizer flow rate, and torch configuration) on robustness (Mg II 280/Mg I 265 ion-to-atom intensity ratios)
7. Robust operating conditions as expressed by minium effect of Na and Ca on ion and atom line intensities
8. Cross-over point. Vertical intensity variations of analyte ion and atom lines and regions of minimum interference due to easily ionized elements
9. Optimization of ICP operating conditions – determination of robust conditions and the cross over point
10. Effect of methanol on high ionization potential elements

Course Instructor's Biography
Dr. Isaac (Joe) Brenner currently serves as an independent consulting Scientist in geo-environmental analytical science and technologies. He is actively involved in instrumental and methods development for solution and solids analysis using ICP-AES and ICP-MS. He obtained his Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel in 1980. Dr. Brenner was a guest professor in the Technical University Graz, Austria, Earth Dynamics Science Center, and the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. In the past Joe Brenner was a guest scientist in the Laboratoire de Chimie Analytique Bio Inorganique et Environnement, (LCABIE) CNRS, Pau, France, Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan, Faculty of Chemistry, Autonoma University, Barcelona, Spain). He was head of application labs in Jobin Yvon in Longjumeau, France; a senior scientist in the Varian Research Center, Palo Alto, California, USA In these positions, he developed analytical methodologies for ICP-AES using radial and axially viewed ICPs. Brenner was a consulting scientist for ICP-AES and MS application and marketing in the environmental field in Thermo Fisher Scientific in the UK and in Madrid. Brenner is an adviser for compliant analysis of waters and wastes at the Dan City Authority for Effluents and the Environment in Israel. He specializes in preparing environmental laboratories for ISO/EC 17025 accreditation using Standard Methods and US EPA 2007, 200.8, 6010c and 6020A procedures. This includes sampling strategies, preparation of SOPs, instruction, QA/QC and data interpretation. Dr. Joe Brenner has delivered more than 600 oral presentations, short courses, round table discussions, at universities, international symposiums, research institutes, and instrument manufacturers; he has 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications.