Due to their wide range of useful properties, nanoparticles are increasingly being applied to products ranging from sunscreen to bandages, and are therefore increasingly finding their way into the environment. But much remains unknown about the toxicological properties of nanoparticles and their fate in the environment, leading to growing concerns about their potential impact on health and wildlife. Hence the need for effective techniques for characterizing nanoparticles, and one of the most promising is inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS).
Now, a new Essential Knowledge Briefing from Wiley – Nanoparticle Analysis using the Sensitivity of ICP-MS – provides an introduction to the use of ICP-MS for nanoparticle analysis. It explains how the technique works for nanoparticles and details its advantages, as well as highlighting practical applications. The briefing goes on to outline the parameters that affect performance and how to get the best results, and also looks at some of the challenges of working with ICP-MS and how to address them.