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Is Battery Technology Just All About Lithium?

As countries across the world accelerate their efforts to move away from fossil fuels, lithium ion batteries have rapidly become established as a key component in the drive to greener energy alternati...

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And Then There Was Light …

This week, I had to carry out a task I rarely need to do these days. One of the lamps in the ceiling light blew when I was preparing the coffee maker for its daily service. While searching unsuccessfu...

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An ICP-MS Expedition through the Elements – Part 3

Hello again to those of you who joined my first and second ICP-MS expeditions through the Group 1 and Group 2 elements of the Periodic Table respectively, and a warm welcome to those of you who have j...

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An ICP-MS Expedition through the Elements – Part 2.

Welcome back to those of you who joined my first ICP-MS expedition through Group 1 of the Periodic Table (the alkali metals), and hello to those of you who have just joined me here!Our expedition cont...

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An ICP-MS Expedition through the Elements – Part 1

The Periodic Table is one of the most familiar creations in the world of chemistry. Since Dmitry Mendeleev first proposed that different elements could be related together in rows and columns accordin...

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High Resolution ICP-MS: Measure Everything…in Everything

Does your lab work with a variety of samples that need to be analyzed like acids, water, rocks, or maybe even stardust?Performing multi-element determination of unknown samples containing major, minor...

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Coming Clean with Your Background

On a recent flight, I came to appreciate the ability to reduce the background din of fellow passengers and, more importantly, the unavoidable roar of the jet engine. If that noise wasn’t there, I’d de...

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Bringing Speciation Analysis into Focus

One of the more annoying tasks that I find myself having to perform at least once every few days is cleaning my glasses. I initially try wiping them with my shirt, but that only succeeds in spreading ...

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It’s So Over – USP 231

We’ve got historyAround one hundred years ago J. J. Thomson was busy researching how charged particles can be separated by their mass-to-charge ratio, a technique that became known as mass spectrometr...

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Changes Are Coming! Are You Prepared?

Have you checked your calendar lately? The USP guidelines for elemental impurities, Chapters <232>, <233> and <2232> are scheduled to be implemented in less than 1 year from now! Hopefully you’re not ...

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Accuracy Without the Complexity

Although it might seem longer, quadrupole ICP-MS technology has only existed since the early 1980s. What we recognise as ICP-MS (inductively coupled plasma - mass spectrometry) started life as the com...

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Dear Santa, I’d Really Like an iCAP

Christmas season is upon us – it has been here since the moment Halloween ended. Here in the U.S., Thanksgiving is not even a fully recognized holiday anymore. It’s become the “we’re halfway to Christ...

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Your Toolbox Belongs at Home

I love being a homeowner because it gives me the freedom to take on small home repair projects and makes me a superhero mom to my kids. The other day, my son scraped his knee while playing outside. Wh...

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Software That Won’t Wear on You

How many of you are you familiar with “I, Robot?” No, I’m not referring to the 2004 action, science fiction movie starring the handsome Mr. Will Smith. I’m talking about Isaac Asimov’s collection of s...

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Really, Really Robust. Really.

Athletes, flavor, constitution, someone’s voice, coffee – these are all words that you might expect to be qualified with the word “robust.” It’s a great description and creates a nice word picture. Ho...

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Small in Footprint. Big on Performance.

I found myself laughing uncontrollably as I pulled into the grocery store parking lot last week. I was sitting at the traffic light entrance to the shopping complex when my rearview mirror was suddenl...

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Just 5 Clicks (to Get to a Result)?

We’ve all been there. It’s the first of the month and you have a pile of bills waiting to be paid. The kids are in bed and you sit down at your computer to get them paid before you finish washing dish...

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Two Years Without Worry? There's a Lot to Like about iCAP

Two years without worry? If you’re anything like me, even a week free from worry seems like an impossible dream. I’ll give you a couple of examples. I was driving my kids to school, talking to my son ...

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There’s a Lot to Like About iCAP

With a background as a chemist performing elemental analysis, I can remember an instance when I was rushing to analyze multiple sample sets on my ICP-OES in the same week. I had completed the first se...

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