I just started to run an Optima 5300DV ICP-OES. I have had very limited training, as the individual who was doing this job retired and didn't want to be bothered with any important details or explanations. (Excessively stressful situation as a result!!!!!) I just got a "push this and click on that" over view.
I do trace analysis on powdered metal. It is a 90-96% Fe base with trace amounts of Cu, Ni, Mn, Mo, P, Cr, Mg, V, Pb, Zn and B.
I see a great deal of interference from the Fe as well as Mo. And the Cu and P seem to interfere with each other as well.
I looked through the Winlab Help options and am going to try and use MSF for this.
Is it possible to correct for all these elements in one Method?
How would using an internal standard help, and how do I choose which element to use?
All the methods in the computer when I got here did NOT have an internal standard or a QC check.