Method 6020

Elements by Ion Coupled Plasma / Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS) 


Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP/MS) is applicable to the determination of sub-ug/L concentrations of a large number of elements in water samples and in waste extracts or digests. When dissolved constituents are required, samples must be filtered and acid-preserved prior to analysis. No digestion is required prior to analysis for dissolved elements in water samples. Acid digestion prior to filtration and analysis is required for groundwater, aqueous samples, industrial wastes, soils, sludges, sediments, and other solid wastes for which total (acid-leachable) elements are required.

 -SW-846 Online: Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste, Physical/Chemical Methods


Method Data

Method 6020
Hold Time6 months from preservation to analysis,
Preservationpreserve with HNO3 to pH <2 within two weeks of collection. Dissolve elements: acidfy the filtrate with HNO3 to pH <2 immediately after filtration. Solid samples should be kept at 4°C.
Sample Volume250mL HDPE bottle
Collection MethodGrab sampling
InstrumentationICP/MS PerkinElmer NexION 350X
Method Refernce6020


Analyte List

AnalyteFormulaCAS Number

* The typical analytes are displayed for this particular method. Please contact Specialty Analytical if other analytes are required in addition to the 6020 Analyte List.

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