PQ LC Series

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PQ LC is a series of modular chromatography systems for LC-ICP-MS in combination with the PlasmaQuant® MS (Elite). The combination of PQ LC and PlasmaQuant® MS offers a versatile, robust, and highly sensitive solution for the determination of element species in various kinds of samples.

The PQ LC series is available as compact routine LC system for limited lab space or as fully equipped LC model with various upgrade options, such as temperature control for the sample injector, column oven, or UV/Vis detector. An ion chromatography option completes the portfolio:

PQ LC compact – the routine HPLC system, metal free in PEEK
PQ LC – available in stainless steel and PEEK with various upgrades
PQ IC – the uncompromised ion chromatography solution


Your benefits:

  • Simultaneous identification of major and trace species thanks to outstanding sensitivity and a wide linear operation range of the PlasmaQuant® MS
  • High sample throughput and minimum downtime thanks to short warm-up and analysis times, flexible automation and connection of upgrade modules, as well as low maintenance requirements
  • Simple handling and smooth workflows thanks to intuitive handling, fast change of applications, interactive and user-friendly software interface, as well as automatic safety check
  • Flexible configuration and individual adaptation to your needs thanks to various upgrade modules, and flexible automation with variable vial racks and adaptors for microtiter plates

Технические характеристики

All systems of the PQ LC series are equipped with a sample introduction system with variable volume injection, a quaternary gradient HPLC pump system with vacuum degasser, and a solvent tray for the safe storage of all solvents.


PQ LC compact

  • Metal-free system in PEEK for flexible adaption to various applications
  • Compact design for limited lab space
  • Easy handling for routine applications in LC-ICP-MS
  • Optional upgraded with a UV/Vis detector


  • Flexible system in stainless steel or PEEK
  • Optional upgrade to a fully equipped HPLC system, including a cooling and heating option for the sample-introduction system, a column oven for temperature stabilized column environment, and a UV/Vis detector
  • Easy handling for routine and advanced applications in LC-ICP-MS


  • Inert system in PEEK for flexible adaption to various applications
  • Ion chromatography module for reduction of background conductivity of the solvents for reliable and precise detection
  • Easy handling for routine applications in IC-ICP-MS
  • Optional upgraded with a UV/Vis detector

Программное обеспечение

The Clarity Chromatography Software (DataApex) takes over full instrument control for all PQ LC models and the PlasmaQuant® MS as well as data acquisition and processing. Constant status updates ensure seamless communication with a shutdown of all components in case of failure events.

The Clarity software package also supports other manufacturers’ LC systems thus offering increased flexibility when coupling to the PlasmaQuant® MS. Furthermore, it provides a variety of tools to configure the chromatography station to comply with the requirements of the FDA 21 CFR Part 11.


LC-ICP-MS and IC-ICP-MS provide versatile, robust, and highly sensitive methods for the determination of element species in various fields of applications, including the characterization of environmental, food, and agricultural samples and of consumer goods
The PQ LC systems coupled to the PlasmaQuant® MS offer excellent precision and accuracy with well-defined and clearly separated peaks. The combination of excellent chromatography and the high sensitivity of the PlasmaQuant® MS allows for sub parts per trillion (<1 ng/L) limits of detection for arsenic or chromium species.


Food & Agriculture

Application Note ICP-MS As speciation in beverages

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