What are the metals analysed at low levels and what are the typical detection limits reported?

Modified on: Wed, 6 Nov, 2019 at 12:42 PM


Typical laboratory reporting limits for ultra trace metals range from parts-per trillion (ppt) to parts-per billion (ppb). 


Table 2: Reporting Detection Limits** – Ultra Trace Metals by ICP/MS[1]

  

 

Parameter Name

RDL ug/L

Parameter Name

RDL ug/L

Aluminum (Al)

0.20

Rubidium (Rb)

0.05

Antimony (Sb)

0.005

Selenium (Se)

0.04

Arsenic (As)

0.02

Silicon (Si)

2.00

Barium (Ba)

0.02

Silver (Ag)

0.003

Beryllium (Be)

0.01

Strontium (Sr)

0.05

Bismuth (Bi)

0.01

Tellurium (Te)

0.01

Boron (B)

5.00

Thallium (Tl)

0.005

Cadmium (Cd)

0.005

Thorium (Th)

0.001

Cesium (Cs)

0.05

Tin (Sn)

0.01

Chromium (Cr)

0.04

Titanium (Ti)

0.40

Cobalt (Co)

0.005

Tungsten (W)

0.04

Copper (Cu)

0.05

Uranium (U)

0.002

Iron (Fe)

0.50

Vanadium (V)

0.03

Lanthanum (La)

0.05

Zinc (Zn)

0.01

Lead (Pb)

0.005

Zirconium (Zr)

0.04

Lithium (Li)

0.10

Calcium (Ca)

10.00

Manganese (Mn)

0.03

Magnesium (Mg)

5.00

Mercury (Hg)*

0.0002

Potassium (K)

10.00

Molybdenum (Mo)

0.01

Sodium (Na)

10.00

Nickel (Ni)

0.02

Sulphur (S)

500.00

Phosphorus (P)

1.00



 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

                                                               
























*Determined using Cold vapour atomic Fluorescence

  ** Reporting limits may vary and may not be achievable on all samples.  Not all elements are routinely reported.


[1] ICP/MS = Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry

   



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