How to trust size distributions obtained by single particle inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry analysis

Giménez-Ingalaturre, Ana C. (Universidad de Zaragoza) ; Ben-Jeddou, Khaoula (Universidad de Zaragoza) ; Pérez-Arantegui, Josefina (Universidad de Zaragoza) ; Jiménez, Maria S. (Universidad de Zaragoza) ; Bolea, Eduardo (Universidad de Zaragoza) ; Laborda, Francisco (Universidad de Zaragoza)
How to trust size distributions obtained by single particle inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry analysis
Resumen: Single particle inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (SP-ICP-MS) is a technique widely used to obtain direct information about the number concentration and the size distribution of nanoparticles in liquid suspensions. However, its methods still lack clear quality control strategies to confirm the validity of the information derived from them. Only the detection of the complete size distribution of the nanoparticles in a sample over the size critical value ensures obtaining unbiased quantitative information, otherwise information should be restricted to report the presence of nanoparticles over a certain size and number concentration since their actual total number concentration is underestimated and the size overestimated. Under the latter conditions, data processing produces histograms showing the tails of the incomplete size distributions, although apparently, complete distributions can also be obtained when particle events are recorded as peaks, as reported here for the first time. The occurrence of these misleading situations must be critically evaluated for each SP-ICP-MS analysis. An approach, based on estimation of size critical values and successive dilutions, is proposed for the assessment of the validity of the quantitative information obtained, together with specific criteria for reconsidering the information that can be derived from those measurements. The approach was verified with different case studies and applied to the analysis of complex nanomaterials, confirming the validity of the reported information by comparison with other techniques. A calculation tool is also included to facilitate the estimation of size critical values under experimental conditions.
Idioma: Inglés
DOI: 10.1007/s00216-022-04215-z
Año: 2022
Publicado en: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 415 (2022), 2101–2112 [12 pp.]
ISSN: 1618-2642

Factor impacto JCR: 4.3 (2022)
Categ. JCR: CHEMISTRY, ANALYTICAL rank: 20 / 86 = 0.233 (2022) - Q1 - T1
Categ. JCR: BIOCHEMICAL RESEARCH METHODS rank: 18 / 77 = 0.234 (2022) - Q1 - T1

Factor impacto CITESCORE: 7.5 - Chemistry (Q1) - Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (Q2)

Factor impacto SCIMAGO: 0.676 - Biochemistry (Q2) - Analytical Chemistry (Q2)

Financiación: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/DGA/E29-20R
Financiación: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/MCIU-MICINN-FEDER/RTI2018-096111-B-I00
Tipo y forma: Article (Published version)
Área (Departamento): Área Química Analítica (Dpto. Química Analítica)

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