National Physical Laboratory

Metals Analysis for Airborne Emissions Monitoring

NPL offers a very accurate and rapid service for measurement of the total particulate-phase mass of a range of metals on filter material or mass fraction in acid solutions, as required for characterising emissions from waste incinerators and similar facilities.

Metals Analysis for Airborne Emissions Monitoring

We have ISO 17025 accreditation for the following metals: arsenic, cadmium, mercury, nickel, lead, platinum, chromium, copper, cobalt, iron, thallium, manganese, vanadium, antimony and zinc.

Samples, in the form of filters and liquid washings, are analysed for their metals content by inductively coupled plasma - mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), a technique employing an argon plasma to ionise a sample. The gaseous ions produced are then analysed by a quadrupole mass spectrometer.

The procedure is compliant with EN 14385 and EN 13211 and has a typical detection limit of 5 ng of metal per filter.

NPL also has MCERTS accredited emissions monitoring teams - find out more


Customer enquiry line: 020 8943 6275

Last Updated: 18 Aug 2015
Created: 11 Feb 2010


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