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This Sample Preparation guide is intended to provide specific and highly detailed information about certain elements in regards to sample preparation. In contrast, my previous guides, Trace Analysis: A Guide for Attaining Reliable Measurements and ICP Operations: A Guide for Using ICP-OES and ICP-MS, have dealt with the theory and basics of the common sample preparation techniques.
The information presented for each of the elements will include preparation and solution chemistry of samples containing the element. Preparation methods will be given for common chemical forms and for several sample types. Chemical incompatibilities and tendencies will also be addressed, as well as hydrolytic stability data and preferred matrices.
This guide will be extensive, including detailed preparation guides for more than 70 elements.
Topics that appear in gray will be added over time. Check back periodically for updates.