Soil Analysis using the Advion Interchim Scientific® SOLATION® ICP-MS

In this application note we present a method for routine analysis of 21 elements using the Advion Interchim Scientific® SOLATION® Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS). A group of unknown soil samples and a CRM were digested using EPA 3051a and analyzed according to method 6020a requirements.

Mass Spectrometry for Teaching Chemistry Undergraduates – The expression® CMS & the SOLATION® ICP-MS

Recorded November 3, 2022: Featured talk in the LCGC Mass Spectrometry Symposium

Join Fadi Abou-Shakra, Director of ICP-MS Portfolio for Advion Interchim Scientific®, as he shares some of the organization’s latest mass spectrometry applications for the teaching lab. This includes student-friendly experiments using a compact single-quadrupole system, as well as simplified ICP-MS applications.

Fadi Abou-shakra started using ICP-MS in 1987 applying it for the analysis of trace elements in biological fluids and has been active in the field of atomic spectroscopy since then. He holds an MSc in Medical Physics and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Surrey, England. He brings a wealth of experience in ICP-MS as a researcher, customer support specialist and a business manager.

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Tips and Tricks for Challenging ICP-MS Applications

Lab Manager Ask the Expert Webinar. Recorded September 15, 2022

Out of your element? Don’t be! This webinar features innovative cannabis and blood applications, plus tips and tricks to maximize throughput, precision, and sensitivity when utilizing ICP-MS technology. Performed using the Advion Interchim Scientific SOLATION® ICP-MS featuring a state-of-the-art sample introduction from Glass Expansion, this session is a must-see for any user or future user seeking tools for heavy metal analysis.

As a viewer, you will learn more about:

  • How to perform heavy metal analysis of cannabis plants using the SOLATION® ICP-MS
  • Simple methods for blood and plasma analysis that any lab can perform
  • How spray chamber performance can affect long-term system stability

Webinar speakers include:

Dr. Fadi Abou-Shakra
Director of ICP-MS Portfolio
Advion Interchim Scientific 

Joseph Brady
ICP-MS Application Scientist
Advion Interchim Scientific

Dr. Ryan Brennan
Glass Expansion

SOLATION®, A New ICP-MS for the Detection of Heavy Metals in Cannabis and Hemp

Cannabis and hemp products are becoming much more available for medicinal and recreational use making routine testing for toxic heavy metals much more important. Advion Interchim Scientific® introduces the SOLATION® ICP-MS for the analysis of heavy metals in cannabis plant and cannabis product samples. While there are no federal guidelines for heavy metals in cannabis, states where cannabis use and production are legal have adopted exposure limits and QC criteria for Arsenic, Cadmium, Mercury, and Lead based on USP<233>. Here, we report the results of our sample analysis using these guidelines.

This poster was presented at the 2021 ASMS conference in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Analyzing the World Around Us: Tools for Environmental Testing & Monitoring

Environmental monitoring is vital to understanding the world around us. Air quality, water, and soil testing all provide valuable information about an environment’s status. Tools and technologies for environmental monitoring can be used to evaluate the sanitation of a food and beverage lab or to monitor an ecosystem’s recovery after an oil spill. Join Lab Manager and our panel of experts as we review the tools available for environmental testing and monitoring.

As an attendee, you will learn more about:

  • Developments in technology for environmental testing and monitoring
  • Considerations when purchasing technology for environmental testing and monitoring
  • Applications for environmental testing and monitoring across industries

This webinar was hosted by Lab Manager Tech Trends and recorded July 9, 2020.

Essentials for Heavy Metals Testing in Cannabis and Hemp

Review new data and tips for using the Advion Interchim Scientific SOLATION® inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) in the cannabis and hemp testing lab, and factors that affect heavy metals in cannabis and hemp.

This ebook was created with Spectroscopy and released June 2020.

Heavy Metal Analysis of Cannabis Plants using the Advion Interchim Scientific SOLATION® ICP-MS

In this study, we used the Advion Interchim Scientific SOLATION® ICP-MS and a microwave digestion system to digest and analyze hemp samples using the validation methods described in USP General Chapter <233>. The sensitivity, ability to handle complex matrices, and the ability to remove interferences with a helium collision cell makes this the ideal system for heavy metal analysis in the cannabis industry.

In this application note you will learn:

  • How the SOLATION® is an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, the ultimate instrument for multi-elemental analysis, provides high sensitivity measurement of trace elements across a wide range of matrices.
  • The advanced intuitive software including ICP-MS Express, Quant Express, and Data Express provides an instrument control framework with automated tuning processes while also simplifying the quantitative and post-analysis data processing.
  • The results of hemp measurements in this note demonstrate that SOLATION® provides the required accuracy and sensitivity for heavy metal analysis in cannabis materials.


Introducing the new SOLATION® Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) – the ultimate instrument for multi-element analysis, the SOLATION® provides high sensitivity measurement of trace elements from a wide range of matrices including complex samples such as urine, serum, plasma, whole blood and tissue samples. Designed for ease of use, with intuitive software, the SOLATION® ICP-MS is the ideal instrument for environmental, pharmaceutical, food safety and clinical laboratories everywhere.

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