Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) Lab
Lab Director: Donatella BARCA 
Site: cubo 15 A, piano terra
The Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) Lab has been established in 2005, in the former Department of Earth Science. Today the ICP-MS Lab operates in the Department of Biology, Ecology and Earth Science (DiBEST) of University of Calabria. In the laboratory, it is possible to determine the trace and rare earth element concentrations in a great number of materials such rocks, mortars, pottery and so on.  The Laboratory deals with the complex network of private and public bodies involved in both Cultural Heritage and Geological and environmental sectors, such as national, regional public bodies, private and public companies of Cultural Heritage and Geological sectors, research centers, and universites. The Lab is equipped with two quadrupole Perkin Elmer/SCIEX ElanDRCe spectrometers with a collision reaction cell capable of reducing or avoiding the formation of polyatomic spectral interferences. One of the two spectometer is associated to a laser ablation model UP213 - New Wave Research (LA-ICP-MS system). In addition, in the laboratory, inorganic and organic samples can be dissolved using two microwaves (Mars5 and Mars6 CEM technologies) with Teflon (TFM) digestion vessels. The laboratory includes: a precision balance (sartorius Model); two laminar flow hood (Hera Sale model); one chemical hood; one Millipore sistem capable to produce ultrapure water. The mission of the laboratory is the geochemical characterization of different inorganic samples (rocks, soils and water), these data are the basis of a great number of research. In the laboratory, it is possible to carry out the geochemical characterization of materials used in the Cultural Heritage.

  Overview of Activities