LGC has donated an Inductive Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) to De Montfort University. The equipment will be used for trace metal analysis, particularly in organo-metallic research projects that are looking at the role that metals play in our diet. This includes looking for the presence of toxic metals in food consumer products or the naturally occurring bio-availability of metals such as zinc.
Tim Catterick, head of LGC´s Specialised Techniques department, said: "Over the years LGC has established itself as the UK National Measurement Institute (NMI) for high accuracy chemical analysis. We are heavily involved in many of the leading experimental programmes which are used to establish the international capabilities of the NMI worldwide. This ICP-MS was one of the first instruments we invested in under the UK government´s Valid Analytical Measurement (VAM) programme run by the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI). Though it has become too labour intensive to maintain for the stringent demands required by the national laboratory, this equipment can still play a vital role in an academic, research environment and we are very pleased to be able to offer it to De Montfort."
Chris Harrington, Senior Lecture at De Montfort, said: "De Montfort and LGC have a long history of collaboration, such as with development work on metal speciation studies, and LGC is funding a PhD student who is contributing to the VAM programme run by LGC. Having the ICP-MS provides an excellent opportunity for our students to learn about this technology and work the analysis first hand."