Virtual Issue: The Role of ICP-MS in Separation Science

Since its introduction in the 1980s, inductively Montoro Bustoscoupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) has evolved to become arguably the most versatile and powerful technique for the elemental analysis of metals, metalloids and selected non-metals at (ultra-)trace levels. Given its several unique properties, ICP-MS has been utilized in numerous advanced applications in diverse fields. However, ICP-MS detector information is only elemental, as structural information of the (bio)molecules/species gets lost within the plasma. This major limitation of ICP-MS can be overcome by using it as on-line element-specific detector coupled to a continuous separation technique that adds a dimension of selectivity by separating all the species containing the target element and presenting them in sequence to the ICP-MS detector. Chromatography and ICP-MS together can provide a sound foundation for the resolution of complex mixtures of different analytes as well as mixtures of different species/fractions of the same target element. The development of these hyphenated approaches has also boosted the importance of ICP-MS as an integral powerful tool in the fields of environmental and bio-inorganic trace element speciation, characterization of nanomaterials, metallomics, etc. The original papers presented in this Virtual Issue on the Role of ICP-MS in Separation Science highlight the diverse work published in CHROMATOGRAPHIA during the last two years. We expect contributions to the journal in these areas to continue to grow and welcome your submissions.

Antonio R. Montoro Bustos
Chemical Sciences Division, Materials Measurements Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899, USA

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Antonio R. Montoro Bustos
The Role of ICP-MS in Separation Science

Joanna Legat, Magdalena Matczuk, Andrei Timerbaev, Maciej Jarosz
CE Separation and ICP-MS Detection of Gold Nanoparticles and Their Protein Conjugates

Yang Zhao, Zhiding Huang, Chao Wei, Qian Wang, Ke Xie, Wenkai Chang, Chunhua Wu, Yong Wang, Xiaoxia Qi, Zenghe Li
Accurate Determination of Tributyltin in Tannery Wastewater by a New Procedure Using ID-HPLC-ICP-MS Combined with Low Temperature Extraction

Shan Li, Zhaoguang Yang, Junfei Cao, Bo Qiu, Haipu Li
Determination of Metallothionein Isoforms in Fish by Cadmium Saturation Combined with Anion Exchange HPLC-ICP-MS

Alexsandro Nunes Colim, Paulo Cícero do Nascimento, Bruna Avila Wiethan, Franciéle Rovasi Adolfo, Lucielle Codeim Dresch, Leandro Machado de Carvalho, Denise Bohrer, Marcelo Barcellos da Rosa
Reversed-Phase High-Performance Liquid Chromatography for the Determination of 15 Rare Earth Elements in Surface Water Sample Collected in a Mining Area from Lavras do Sul/RS, Brazil

Deye Liu, Geng Chen, Zongli Huo, Hong Liu, Wenling Ji, Hualiang Liu
A Study of Bromine Speciation in Human Serum and Ambroxol Determination in Rat Plasma by Liquid Chromatography-Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry