May 2017

LGC hosts first UK User Group Meeting for ICP-QQQ-MS

LGC recently hosted the first UK User Group Meeting for triple quadrupole inorganic mass spectrometry (ICP-QQQ-MS). This state-of-the-art technology allows for greater degree of selectivity with high sensitivity in comparison with previous inorganic mass spectrometry instrumentation.

At LGC, this technology is currently being used support work performed in our role as the UK National Measurement Laboratory: characterisation and quantification of nanomaterials, trace inorganic analysis in complex real-world samples and imaging methods for healthcare.

The meeting, organised by members of LGC’s Inorganic Analysis Team, Science & Innovation Division, in collaboration with Agilent Technologies, was attended by 42 delegates from across the UK.

Delegates at the meeting included representatives from the Natural History Museum, The Open University, Cambridge University, Pfizer UK, British Geological Survey, Reading Scientifics, Intertek Sunbury and NPL. The meeting comprised a series of technical talks followed by a tour of LGC’s Inorganic Analysis laboratories.

The talks covered a variety of topics, including radionuclide measurements, geochemical applications, nanoparticle analysis and pharmaceutical impurities, and demonstrated the versatility of application of this technology to real life samples.

Raimund Wahlen, UK/Ireland Atomic Spectroscopy Product Specialist, Agilent Technologies said of the meeting, “The day itself was a great success, and all the comments I heard from the participants and what I read on the feedback forms confirm this.”

Heidi Goenaga-Infante, Science Fellow and Principal Scientist (Inorganic Analysis), LGC, commented, “We are pleased to have worked with Agilent to host this event and provide UK users of ICP-QQQ-MS an opportunity to meet and exchange experience, needs and solutions.”