Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS) and Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (FAA)

Location: MI 228, MI 232, MI 131A
Primary Contact: Mr. Russ Lingenfelter

The EMES Chemistry facility features several complementary instruments for major element and trace element characterization. These include an Agilent model 7900 inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP/MS) and a Buck Scientific model 210VGP flame atomic absorption (FAA) spectrometer. Together, these instruments provide both qualitative and quantitative elemental analyses down to the parts-per-billion range in aqueous solutions and acid digestions.  

Additional instruments include: a hand-held Bruker Tracer IV-SD X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer for rapid semi-quantitative analysis of solid samples. The Chemistry facility also performs gold fire assay analyses in support of regional jewelry manufacturers and precious metal recycling firms.

The EMES Chemistry facility is used for graduate and undergraduate research in the Civil and Environmental Engineering, Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Geology and Geological Engineering, and Materials and Metallurgical Engineering departments as well as for commercial samples.

Mr. Russ Lingenfelter, Chemistry Lab Manager
Engineering and Mining Experiment Station (EMES)
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
501 E. Saint Joseph St.
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701
Office: MI 232
Phone: (605) 394-2380, Fax: (605) 394-3366