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Course Title: How to Select an ICP-MS: The Most Important Analytical Considerations
Categories: 1 - Atomic Spectrometry-Spectroscopy
2 - Mass Spectrometry
3 - Spectroscopy
4 - Inductively Coupled Plasma
Instructor(s): Robert Thomas Course Number: 38
Affiliation: Scientific Solutions
Course Date: 03/08/2017 - Wednesday Course Length: 1/2 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 12:30 PM
Fee: $325 ($425 after 2/18/17) Textbook Fee: $86

Course Description
The aim of the course is to provide a basic understanding of the most important selection criteria for analysts in the trace metal analytical community who are looking to purchase a new ICP-MS system - and in particular what instrument features impact performance and how best to evaluate them.

Target Audience
It is targeted at analytical chemists/technicians who have been given the task of carrying out the evaluation of commercial ICP-MS instrumentation, but would also be very useful for management who want to better understand the non-technical and financial side of the selection process.

Course Outline
The course will focus on the most common analytical objectives when carrying out trace metal analysis and how they impact the evaluation of commercial ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry) systems. This will be followed by a discussion about the most important selection criteria and the many decisions that need to be made in order to compare different commercial approaches. The majority of the course will be devoted to a technical discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of different designs, and how they impact the analysis of real-world samples. In addition, some non-technical considerations, like reliability, usability, routine maintenance and cost of ownership, will be presented.

Course Instructor's Biography
Robert Thomas has worked in trace element analysis for over 40 years - 12 years as an analytical chemist in the metallurgical industry and 22 years in sales, marketing and product development, for a manufacturer of ICP-MS instrumentation in the U.S. For the past 15 years he has been principal of his own consulting company, Scientific Solutions, specializing in trace element analysis and atonic spectroscopic techniques. He has authored almost 80 technical papers/articles including a15-part tutorial series on ICP-MS published in Spectroscopy magazine and recently published his third textbook entitled “A Practical Guide to ICP-MS: A Tutorial for Beginners: 3rd Edition”. He has a graduate degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Wales in the UK and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), Chartered Chemist (CChem) and Chartered Scientist (CSci).