Trace elemental analysis of glass by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS)

Shirly Montero, Florida International University

Abstract

This work evaluated the capabilities of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) for elemental analysis of trace evidence. A method was developed and validated for the analysis of glass by ICP-MS. A database of ∼700 glass samples was analyzed for elemental composition by external calibration with internal standardization (EC) ICP-MS and refractive index (RI). Additional methods were developed during the course of this work using two well-known techniques, isotope dilution (ID) and laser ablation (LA). These methods were then applied to analyze subsets of this database. ICP-MS data from 161 containers, 45 headlamps, and 458 float glasses (among them at least 143 vehicle windows) are presented and summarized. Data from the analysis of ∼190 glass samples collected from a single glass manufacturing facility over a period of 53 months at different intervals, including 97 samples collected in a 24 hour period are presented. Data from the analysis of 125 glass samples representing 36 manufacturing plants in the U.S. are also presented. ^ The three methods used, ICP-MS, ID-ICP-MS and LA-ICP-MS, were shown to be excellent methods for distinguishing between different glass samples. The database provided information about the variability of refractive index and elemental composition in glasses from diverse population types. Using the proposed methods, the database supports the hypothesis that different glass samples have different elemental profiles and a comparison between fragments from the same source results in indistinguishable profiles. ^

Subject Area

Chemistry, Analytical

Recommended Citation

Shirly Montero, "Trace elemental analysis of glass by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS)" (January 1, 2002). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. Paper AAI3076651.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI3076651

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