ICP-MASSA-TOF GBC Spectrometry


GBC developed an ICP-OES (Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy) technology that rapidly became widespread across world markets (in over 35 countries). In all major areas of application such as the Environment, Agriculture, Biology, Metallurgy, Geology, the Petrochemical and Pharmaceutical industries, etc., important applications were designed to be made available to users.

The ICP-OES QUANTIMA and INTEGRA XL spectrometers can be integrated with a wide range of options and accessories, which provide the ideal combination for maximum sensitivity, resolution and speed of analysis, for each element of analytical interest.


QUANTIMA is a highly compact sequential ICP spectrometer that guarantees technology, analysis power and flexibilty, at excellent value for money.

Thanks to the radial analysis technology, the instrument can achieve significantly higher detection limits for many elements, compared to the axial technology systems.

The unusual radial technology adopted by GBC allows you to achieve greater sensitivity and a lot less interference due to the composition of the matrix, less background noise and a decrease in the ionisation effect.

The QUANTIMA can be used in many fields and is suitable in those situations where it is necessary to minimise the effect of ionisation or the interference of the sample matrix, such as:

Agriculture. With particular reference to soil analysis (plant samples) where the ionisation effect due to Ca is significant and where considerable sensitivity is required in analysing the elements found in traces.

Organic and Petrochemical Compounds. The organic samples generally have a high background signal, which creates significant problems for instruments with axial technology.

For the majority of analysis, a high level of sensitivity is also required, thanks to which it is possible with QUANTIMA to carry out special analyses such as: P in "edible" oils, quality control of "lube" oils and Pb in unleaded Gasoline.

Biology. Samples such as blood, Serum, urine and tissues have a significant matrix effect which decreases the performance of systems with axial technology, just when a high level of sensitivity is instead necessary to determine toxic trace elements.

Geology. The primary analyses involve samples with high levels of dissolved solids, but some applications such as the analysis of trace elements in silicate rocks and phosphates or the analysis of rare earth elements require high sensitivity and high spectral resolution.

Food (food & beverage). In samples such as milk and milk products, where high sensitivity is required to determine trace elements, a high concentration of Ca is normally found, which determines a strong ionisation effect.

Some of QUANTIMA most relevant strengths include:

Fully automatic optimisation system: Normally one of the main difficulties encountered when using an ICP is the integration and optimiastion of the various instrumental parameters, because of their critical interdependence.

Thanks to a sophisticated algorithm, the QUANTIMA guarantees a complete and automatic optimisation of the different instrumental parameters, even an inexperienced user can achieve fast, accurate results. Everything is controlled by software, which also performs diagnostic checks on the operating process of the instrument, to alert you to any problems and if necessary, interrupt the work before damaging the system.

Analysis of problematic matrices: (slurries / high salinity samples / milk powder / solvents) can be done without wasting time with sample preparation. Quick and easy conversion from samples in an aqueous matrix to samples in organic matrix.

Multiple analysis sequence: Thanks to the use of an autosampler, the completely automatic analysis of different samples can be made by method and instrumental parameters; the software automatically sets the parameters required to carry out the analysis.

Highly stable plasma: Thanks to the fine control of the mass flow of gases and thermostat optics, you get a very stable system even in rooms without air-conditioning and laboratory air treatment, ensuring the reproducibility of the analytical method.

Windows® based software. With its simple user interface, the "multi-tasking" work is quick and easy.

Software for QUANTIMA

The QUANTIMA software is the result of over twenty years of development in ICP technology. The continuous improvement of the software functionality has been achieved by bearing in mind the suggestions received by users in the GBC world. Currently, the software has all the capabilities of the modules based on the latest generation of Windows operating systems, which allow you to get a "multi-tasking" software that can completely control the instrument (beyond 200 parameters) using graphics, with a simple interface and support of a complete range of methods.

The configuration of the method is carried out through an interface well known to analysts; in fact, the Periodic Table is used: clicking on the item wanted, all the parameters necessary for the control and optimisation of the instrument appear in detail; all the working wave lengths available and the potential interfering elements are viewed.

The instrumental analysis parameters and results can be graphically combined with each other, to be displayed in different ways (bar chart, analogcial display, digital display) and in the combinations selected by the operator.

The Online Help function is indicated on the screen by simply clicking the mouse and is available for all software functions. The analysis report can be customised and exported to other computers for later re-working, even with LIMS interface.


The new and innovative GBC Optimass 9600 represents the latest state of the art technology applied to the "Time Of Flight" Mass Spectrometry, that can guarantee simultaneous analysis of the entire atomic mass range.

This technology opens up new possibilities for mass spectroscopy, especially for transient analysis and the measurement of isotopic ratios, ensuring a much higher speed than the conventional sequential instrumentation. Two of the main areas of application are the certification of reference materials and solutions for environmental analysis and forensic analysis.

SOME OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT STRENGTHS OF THE OPTIMASS 9500 INCLUDE: The revolutionary ICP-TOF-MS "Time of Flight" OPTIMASS 9500 has redefined the benchmarks of elementary analysis.

The Optimass 9500 has revolutionised the traditional ICP-Mass market, introducing the main advantages offered by the simultaneous nature of the time of flight mass analysers.

The new ICP-TOF-MS technology surpasses the greatest difficulties and limitations associated with the nature of scanning instruments of the ICP-MS analysers offered on the market.

The GBC ICP-MS "Time of Flight" spectrometer incorporates an orthogonal accelerator that guarantees high speed analysis, combined with the simultaneous determination of mass, without any compromise in the range of measurement, sensitivity or precision.

The detection limits are equivalent to those obtainable with the Quadripole instruments; the remarkable speed of analysis, however, allows you to achieve up to 260 masses in 10 seconds, significantly higher than conventional systems (approximately 2 samples per minute).

The simultaneous ICP-TOF-MS technology, not only reduces the time for routine analysis without compromising the results, but is also necessary for the analysis of transient signals.

The OPTIMASS 9500 analyses the entire mass spectrum in less than 30 minutes. The high-speed acquisition of 30,000 samples per second allows you to analyse transient signals generated by the ablation of the single laser stroke, by the electro-thermal vaporisation and the display of 50 complete mass spectra and integrated every second. These results enable new applications that were previously hampered by the length of time employed by quadripole sequential technology.

The Optimass 9500 provides:

  • Simultaneous measurement of the complete mass spectrum, displaying 50 complete mass spectra and integrated every second.
  • High level of sampling with the determination of the entire mass measuring range.
  • Multi-element transient analysis, speed of 30,000 full mass spectra per second.
  • Simultaneous internal standardisation.
  • Simultaneous determination of the isotopic ratio for all elements with the best standard deviation of 0.1%. GBC is known worldwide in the field of elementary analysis, thanks to the success of its line of AAS and ICP; now focusing on the "Time of Flight" innovative technology, it aims to strengthen its position in the world analytical market.


Isotopic abundance table

Isotopic abundance


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