ICP-OES or Flame AAS – Which Spectrometer Technology is Best for You?

On-Demand Webinar

ICP-OES or Flame AAS – Which Spectrometer Technology is Best for You?

The answer could be both, depending on your specific analytical requirements. However, with the astonishingly low cost of some ICP-OES spectrometers the question: whether to continue using flame AAS or switch to a more versatile ICP-OES instrument arises much more often. This webinar was developed to explain the essential strengths and weaknesses of each technology to help you make better decisions about the quality and cost of your chemical analyses.

ICP-OES and Flame AAS – A Technical Overview

The presentation offers a brief review of the fundamental science and basic principles of inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) and flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS.) This presentation segment is lead by José Alfons Clément Broekaert, professor emeritus of analytical chemistry at the University of Hamburg. Dr. Broekaert brings many decades of experience to the field of analytical chemistry with a sharp focus on atomic spectrometry and plasma sources for the determination of elements and their compounds.

Practical Considerations

Olaf Schulz, SPECTRO Product Manager for ICP-OES instruments, and Dr. Dirk Ardelt, SPECTRO R&D Manager ICP Products, offer an overview of the key strengths and limitations of each technology’s analytical capabilities for specific element ranges including technical aspects such as spectral interferences as well as chemical and ionization interferences. Additionally they will offer an overview of the technologies in terms of operational costs, ease of use, analytical throughput, and other practical considerations.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Learn fundamental strengths and weaknesses of flame AAS and ICP-OES instruments
  • Review the science underlying each technology
  • Learn which technology is best for your elemental analyses and why
  • Get an evaluation overview of each instrument technology from a practical perspective: operational cost considerations such as maintenance, ease of use, lab throughput, and others

Who Should Watch

  • Lab Managers and supervisors
  • Lab Directors and chief scientists
  • Principal Investigators
  • Scientists
  • Project Leaders
  • Technician/Research Assistants
  • Professors and Instructors