Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)

The Institute launched the implementation of a high-resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometric laboratory (HR-ICP-MS Lab) from a PHARE tender of European Union. Our laboratory started its operation at the end of 2004. The tasks of the laboratory are the accurate and precise measurement of nuclear and environmental samples and the strengthening of the analytical background of the Institute.

Our purpose was to implement a new HR-ICP-MS Laboratory which ensures research of high-level in the field of nuclear and environmental sciences by professional knowledge and up-to-date techniques in technical co-operation with national or international institutes and organizations.

The ICP-MS laboratory has got an accreditation certificate from the Hungarian Accreditation Board since 05.05.2010. Working of laboratory complies with the criteria of MSZ EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard as testing laboratory with the registration number: NAT-1-1630/2010.

Sample preparation and analysis can be carried out under clean room environment (Class 100 000).

Our sample types are:
  • Environmental samples
  • Samples in connection with radiation protection
  • Safeguards samples
  • Confiscated samples (illicit trafficking)
  • Samples from the field of Nuclear Physics
  • Investigation of catalysts
  • Food samples for authenticity studies



ELEMENT2 High resolution ICP-MS instrument Thermo Electron Corp.
Aridus Desolvation Unit Cetac
UP-213 Laser Ablation Unit New Wave Research
μ-Sampler Thermo Electron Corp.
ASX-520 Autosampler Cetac

Main features of the Element2 instument:
  • Multielement analysis across the periodic table covering a mg/L to sub pg/L concentration range: Compatible with inorganic solution matrices and solids
  • High mass resolution to access spectrally interfered isotopes: Produces unambiguous elemental spectra
  • A multielemental detector for transient signals for use with laser ablation
  • High precision isotope ratios: not independent of interferences or interfered isotopes
  • Detailed specifications of the Element2 instument are available from the manufacturer
  • The ICP-MS laboratory is operated at the Department of Radiation Safety