Leaders in ICP Since 1994

Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) is an analytical method used to detect and measure elemental composition in a wide range of materials. NSL was the first commercial lab to put in ICP Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) – all the way back in 1994. 

ICP testing enables NSL to preciously measure the chemical composition by ionizing a sample through a plasma created via a radio frequency generator.

This precise analytical instrumentation can easily identify any inconsistencies that may be mission critical for their intended application

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What Makes ICP Testing by NSL Different

Even if you have access to an internal lab, you may still need third party verification using an alternate ICP method.

NSL is the premier leader in providing both ICP-OES for bulk chemistry analysis and ICP-MS for trace metals testing. NSL is able to analyze over 70 elements between the two techniques which allows us to deliver complete high-quality results.

With over 40 years of experience in ICP analysis, NSL can produce more consistent, quality data than other testing suppliers. This is largely in part to our advanced processes, which include:

  • Thorough, quality procedures
  • Continuous training for our scientists
  • Extensive annual proficiency testing
  • Continued participation in round robins

NSL is able to utilize our thorough quality procedures to digest even the most complex matrices. As a thought leader in the industry, we are constantly receiving complex alloys for testing which others are unable to successfully digest.

NSL has almost a dozen ICP instruments to ensure on-time delivery of results allowing our customers to put their trust fully in us.

ICP-MS instruments
ICP-OES instruments

ICP – Mass Spectrometry

ICP-MS is an elemental analysis method that measures elements using argon (Ar) plasma to convert samples into ions which are measured with a mass spectrometer. NSL’s ICP-MS systems can measure 68 elements with low detection limits, making it a fast and highly sensitive and accurate technique for material analysis. 

ICP Mass Spectrometry with NSL Scientist

ICP – Optical Emission Spectroscopy

ICP-OES is another elemental analysis technique which identifies the type and amounts of elements in a sample. In this method, plasma is used to determine the composition. ICP-OES is most commonly used for liquid samples which are nebulized into an aerosol form which is injected into the plasma. This method is the leading technique for standard analysis of liquid samples or other materials that can be easily converted to liquid form.

ICP-OES and NSL Scientist