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Trace Element (ICPMS) Laboratory

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Contact Information

Dr. James B Murowchick

816 235-2979

Kansas City


Instrument Type

WHOLE ROCK ANALYSIS - ICP Inductively-coupled plasma spectrometer +/- mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) and laser source

Varian UltraMass ICPMS


Fluid or gas analysis

Typical Use:

Used for trace-level (low ppm to sub-ppb range) analyses of environmental samples, waters, pharmaceuticals, and minerals. Samples are introduced in aqueous solution form.

Conditions for Use:

Submitted samples will be analyzed on a contract basis (i.e. lab personnel will do the work).
Visitors are invited to work in the lab to work with lab personnel.
Visitors are invited to work in the lab to design and do the work yourself.

User Fees:

Charges vary with project, but we generally charge $80/sample depending on the type of sample and degree of sample preparation needed. Additional charges for operator assistance, unusual sample prep, etc. may be applied. Contact J B Murowchick for details.

Instrument Priorities:

Class exercises, student research, and faculty research have priority use, but the instrument is not heavily used and is likely to be available when needed.

Remote Use:

Not for analyses.

Sample Preparation:

Water samples of at least 100mL and <0.1%TDS may be run neat or with the addition of a small amount of HNO3 and internal standard. Solid samples should be at least a few grams. Depending on the nature of the sample, 0.1-1g may be dissolved in ultrapure HNO3 and diluted to volume before analysis (preferably done here). Samples may be sent to J B Murowchick with advance notice by any available carrier. Please provide as much information about the sample as possible. Make arrangements before sending samples.

Standard Collections/Lab Blanks:

We calibrate the instrument using 3-4 NIST-traceable standard solutions and blank. Additional quality control samples may be run, if requested.


Varian WinMass software is used to collect, process, and export the data. Formatted reports can be generated.

Educational Use:

Class demonstrations are available for undergraduates.
Class demonstrations are available for K-12.
Undergraduate student research projects are invited.
Graduate student research projects are invited.
None currently prepared, but I'm open to collaborating on such projects.

Support provided by:

Operation funded by department and user fees. Instrument was purchased in 1996 with NSF funds.

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