ICP Analysis Services

ICP - Inductively Coupled Plasma

ICP Analysis, often referred to as ICP-AES (Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy) determines elemental composition of metals and non-metallic materials. Test results provide concentrations of trace to major compositional elements. 

How an ICP Test is Performed

An ICP Test is performed with an Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometer. The sample and solution combination is aerosolized in argon gas and presented to heated plasma. Light wavelengths emitted by the plasma flame are measured. 

What an ICP Analysis Indicates

  • Presence of Contaminants
  • Presence of Additives
  • Type of Material Based on Elemental Profile

ICP Test Applications

  • Analysis of used oils and solvents
  • Analysis of water
  • Analysis of plastics

ICP Analysis ASTM Standards

IMR Test ICP analysis is performed according to the following ASTM standards:

  • ASTM E3061
  • ASTM E2371
  • ASTM D1976; CAP-017

ICP Analysis Identification of Elemental Composition

Trace metals detected and measured by ICP:

  • Aluminum, Arsenic, Boron, Barium, Beryllium, Bismuth
  • Calcium, Cadmium, Cerium, Cobalt, Chromium, Cesium, Copper
  • Dysprosium, Erbium, Europium, Gold, Gallium, Germanium
  • Iron, Iodine, Indium, Iridium, Lead, Lithium
  • Mercury, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum
  • Sodium, Nickel, Potassium, Phosphorus, Palladium, Platinum
  • Rubidium, Rhenium, Rhodium, Ruthenium
  • Silver, Sulfur, Antimony, Scandium, Selenium, Silicon
  • Tin, Tantalum, Thorium, Titanium ,Thallium
  • Vanadium, Tungsten, Yttrium, Ytterbium, Zinc
  • and other metals and metal species

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Overview of chemical analysis lab with technician performing ICP-MS

Alloy Chemistry
Antimony Analysis (ICP)
Cadmium Analysis (ICP)
Carbon, Sulfur, Hydrogen, Oxygen  & Nitrogen

Contamination ID

Contaminant/ Corrodent Analysis
Filler/Additive Analysis

Halogen Analysis (IC)

Heavy Metals Analysis
Hex Chrome (UV-VIS)
ICP-AES Analysis
ICP-MS Analysis
Impurities Analysis
Ion Chromatography
Material Certification
Metal Purity
OES Analysis
On-site PMI
PMI Testing (Positive Material ID)
Particle Size Analysis
Percent Crystallinity

Polymer Testing
Powder Diffraction
Powdered Metal Analysis
Precious Metal Assay
Quantitative Analysis
Resistivity (ASTM D1125)
Semi-Quantitative Analysis
Trace Element Analysis
Unknown Alloy Identification
Unknown Material Identification
XRD Analysis
XRF Analysis

Precious metals detected and measured by ICP Analysis:

  • Platinum
  • Rhenium
  • Silver
  • Plating and Other Aqueous Solutions
Additionally, we also test plastics, glass, and other non-conductive materials.


How much of a material sample is needed to perform an ICP test?

As little as a few milligrams are needed for an ICP test; however, the testing is typically done in batches, with several samples tested concurrently.

How long does an ICP test take?

The typical process of an ICP test with the generation of analytical results is completed within a few hours.  Most samples can be tested within two days of receipt. 

How much does ICP analysis cost?
  1. ICP analysis cost varies per material and the quantities tested.  For more information, request a quote.  


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