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Washington College ICPMS Laboratory

Washington College ICPMS Laboratory

We are a multidisciplinary group of faculty and students conducting research in environmental chemistry, geology and biology using inductively coupled plasma quadrupole mass spectrometry (ICPqMS) with a laser ablation system.

Our instrumentation is funded by a grant from the Major Research Instrumentation Program of the National Science Foundation. We have additional support from Maryland Sea Grant.

Sarah Winters ('14) describing her research.


In May and June 2013 we moved into our new attic lab in the Dunning Science Building at Washington College. Check out the summer 2013 research photo gallery for the latest views of the new lab.

Update: We have plasma

ICPqMS Instrument with lit plasma torch in the new instrumentation lab.

Current Projects

  • Chester River trace metal study
  • Toxic Trace metals and DNA repair (with Prof. Mindy Reynolds)
  • Water and sediment survey of Radcliffe Creek 
  • Trace elements in lunar grains and lunar analogues
  • Trace element sourcing of pre-colonial artifacts (with Prof. John Seidel)
  • More environmentally benign synthesis of electroceramic materials (with Prof. Anne Marteel-Parrish)


Memorizing auto sampler in action.

Clip of Peristaltic pump and Argon plasma.