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Mass Spectrometry in Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry

  1. Johanna Sabine Becker1,
  2. Julia Susanne Becker2

Published Online: 15 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia311

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

How to Cite

Becker, J. S. and Becker, J. S. 2010. Mass Spectrometry in Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany

  2. 2

    Aeropharm GmbH, Rudolstadt, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2010


Mass spectrometry (MS) in inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry has been established using sensitive analytical techniques in quite different application fields: the determination of major, minor, and trace element concentrations; for the characterization of surfaces; for precise and accurate isotope ratio measurements; and for the structural analysis of organic and bioorganic compounds. The review gives an overview on different mass spectrometric techniques and their applications


  • acceleration MS;
  • glow discharge MS;
  • inductively coupled plasma MS;
  • laser ablation inductively coupled plasma MS;
  • matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization MS;
  • resonance ionization MS;
  • secondary ionization MS;
  • thermal ionization MS