High performance Microwave Digestion Systems
Analytical techniques such as ICP-OES and ICP-MS are widely accepted as the techniques of choice for many applications where trace level determination of inorganic elements is required. The development of these instruments has dramatically improved speed of analysis over their early variants. However, as in many cases, the rate determining step remains the time taken to prepare a sample, originally in solid form, into a suitable liquid for presentation to the spectrometer.
The time pressures suffered by today’s laboratory mean that in many situations, traditional acid digestion via heated block, is no longer acceptable. Also other factors come into play, such as the possibility of sample cross-contamination and environmental effects such as acid vapour release etc. Microwave sample preparation technology has now gained acceptance in most analytical laboratories due to its high speed, high efficiency, environmental protection performance and other features.