GFZ - German Research Centre for Geosciences
last updated: July 20, 2023

About the Laboratory


GFZ - German Research Centre for Geosciences
@ Section 3.1 Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry
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The ELEMENT 2XR is a high-resolution sector field mass spectrometer (HR-ICP-MS) with inductively coupled plasma as an ion source. It is used for the quantitative analysis of element concentrations or isotope ratios. It offers excellent results even for complex problems and demanding samples. The Elements 2XR combines a configuration that is primarily characterized by the following features:

  • Faraday detector and an SEV detector (secondary electron multiplier), thereby extending the dynamic detection range.
  • Measurements of different concentration ranges in a single analysis.
  • Excellent detection limits below 1 ng/l.
  • The typical mass-independent sensitivity for a HR-ICP-MS results in an improvement in the stability and reduction of the detection limit over the whole mass range from Li to U.
  • Three different mass resolutions can resolve almost all elements without interference.

Routine analyses after acid digestion of rocks can be done for the following elements: Li, Be, Sc, V, Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, Ge, Rb, Sr, Nb, Mo, Cd, Sn, Sb, Cs, Ta, Pb, Bi, Th, U as well as REE: La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu (The elements of the platinum group can be determined following an elaborate pre-concentration technique.)
Routine analyses in aqueous solutions can be done for the following elements: Na, Mg, Al, K, Ca, Fe and Li-U. The ICP-MS Lab is associated to the ElMiE Lab. Information on how to apply for analyses and the general terms and conditions can be found here and here.


Analytical Methods

Laboratory Keywords

  • High Resolution Sector Field Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer