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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Time of Flight ICP-MS: Nu Instruments Vitesse

The Geochemistry Group has a Nu Vitesse TOF-ICP-MS – the first academic installation in Europe. TOF-ICP-MS has the ability to collect complete mass spectra at an uninterrupted rate of >33,000 per second (and up to 200,000/second with reduced mass intervals). This ultra-rapid, wide mass range data acquisition is ideal for applications such as laser ablation imaging and nanoparticle analysis. The Vitesse uses a segmented reaction cell for interference-free multi-element analysis. It can also be used for conventional ICP-MS analysis with a detection dynamic range of 10 orders of magnitude.

Nu Instruments Time of Flight ICP, image credit: Nu Instruments
Nu Instruments Time of Flight ICP, image credit: Nu Instruments

Current activity

Consultancy Work

In addition to carrying out analyses to support research projects across University of Southampton and through collaborations around the world, we also undertake bespoke analyses on behalf of commercial partners. We have a group of expert scientific and technical staff who are happy to engage in confidential discussions and provide quotes for interested users.

Future Work

We work closely with groups within NOCS, across Southampton University and from research organisations worldwide. We are always looking to extend our research portfolio and welcome enquiries from potential collaborators, especially those seeking support for post-doctoral fellowships.

Key Contacts

Professor Andy Milton


Video: Multi-element analysis of a foraminiferal shell (G. sacculifer) by LA TOF-ICPMS

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