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Elemental Mass Spectrometry - Basic Principles and Analytical Applications

Edgar Pinto

Polytechnic Institute of Porto

An internationally recognized researcher in the fields of food, environmental and analytical chemistry, co-author of more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, and reviewer of several high-impact journals. Dr. Pinto is a Professor at the School of Health - P.Porto and a researcher at LAQV/REQUIMTE, a Portuguese research center for Sustainable Chemistry.


Agostinho Almeida

University of Porto

A researcher focused on trace elements analysis, with over 25 years of experience, especially in the clinical-toxicological, forensic, and environmental areas, head of a specially dedicated laboratory unit. Dr. Almeida is the author of more than 90 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and presented about 70 lectures and oral communications in scientific events. He is a member of the Editorial Board of three journals.


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All matter, living and non-living, is composed of chemical elements. Typically, elements are associated in the form of molecules and it is these molecules that are mostly subject to analysis. However, elemental analysis (i.e. the analysis of individual elements) is of great importance in the most diverse areas, from the quality control of water for human consumption to the analysis of clinical samples to detect eventual deficiencies or the detection of metallic impurities in pharmaceuticals.

Elemental mass spectrometry evolved from classic atomic spectroscopy techniques (flame and plasma atomic emission spectrometry; flame and graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry). In the version plasma-mass spectrometry (particularly inductively coupled plasma - mass spectrometry / ICP-MS), it has become an almost perfect tool for elemental analysis: it allows rapid (almost simultaneous) analysis of almost all elements of the periodic table; it has high sensitivity (it allows to obtain the lowest detection limits, in the order of ng/L or even lower) and allows to individually analyze the different isotopes of the same element (isotopic analysis). Thus, it paved the way for a variety of new applications, such as the elemental mapping of surfaces with laser ablation-ICP-MS, the quantification and characterization of metallic particles, and the study of the elemental composition or uptake of metals (and in particular nanoparticles) at the individual cell scale.

This book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the basic principles and the recent advances of elemental analysis using ICP-MS and to highlight the increasing expansion of elemental analysis in different areas (food, environment, clinical/toxicology, forensic), including reference to current state-of-the-art applications.

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Edgar Pinto

Polytechnic Institute of Porto

Prof. Edgar Pinto graduated in Environmental Health (2009) at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Sustainable Chemistry (2014) at the University of Porto. He is a Professor at the School of Health - P.Porto and a researcher at LAQV/REQUIMTE, a Portuguese research center for Sustainable Chemistry. He has vast experience in the fields of analytical, food, and environmental chemistry, and his main interests are the study of nutrients and contaminants transfer in the soil-water-plant system under abiotic stress and the use of mass spectrometry techniques (in particular, LC-MS/MS and ICP-MS) in the analysis of both nutrients and contaminants in food and environmental matrices. His highly-interdisciplinary research covers the areas of food, clinical, environmental, and analytical chemistry. For the last 10 years, he has been a researcher in 10 projects with competitive funding. He is the author of more than 50 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.

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