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ICP Information Newsletter

The ICP Information Newsletter is a monthly journal published by the ICP Information Newsletter, Inc., a nonprofit organization, and is devoted exclusively to the rapid and impartial dissemination of news and literature information related to the development and applications of plasma sources for spectrochemical analysis.


As the only authoritative monthly journal of its type, the ICP Information Newsletter is read in more than 40 countries by scientists actively applying or planning to use the ICP or other types of plasma spectroscopy. For the novice in the field, the ICP Information Newsletter provides a concise and systematic source of information and background material needed for the selection of instrumentation or the development of new methodology. For the experienced scientist, it offers a single-source reference to current developments and literature.


The ICP Information Newsletter is edited by Dr. Ramon M. Barnes, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with the assistance of a 17-member Board of National Correspondents composed of leading plasma spectroscopists. The international board reports news, viewpoints, and developments. Dr. Barnes has been conducting plasma research on ICP and other discharges since 1968. He also serves as chairman of the Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, also sponsored by the ICP Information Newsletter, Inc. since 1980.

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  • Technical translations and reprints of critical foreign-language ICP publications
  • Critical reviews of plasma-related books and software
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2020 Winter Conference
on Plasma Spectrochemistry

Tucson, Arizona, January 13 – 18, 2020

Plasma Spectrochemistry for Trace Element, Stable Isotope, Elemental Imaging and Speciation Analyses


The 2020 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, 21st in a series of biennial meetings sponsored by the ICP Information Newsletter, features developments in plasma spectrochemical analysis by inductively coupled plasma (ICP), dc plasma (DCP), microwave plasma (MIP), glow discharge (GDL, HCL), and laser sources (LA, LIBS). The meeting will be held Monday, January 13 through Saturday, January 18, 2020, in Tucson, Arizona, (www.visitTucson.org) at the El Conquistador Tucson Resort (www.hiltonelconquistador.com). Professional development short courses at introductory and advanced levels and manufacturers' seminars will be offered Friday through Monday, January 10 - 13. Spectroscopic instrumentation and accessories will be shown during a three-day exhibition from January 14 to 16, and workshops on New Plasma Instrumentation, Clinical ICP-MS, Isotope Analysis, Elemental Imaging and Mass Cytometry, and Elemental Speciation methodology will be presented Tuesday through Friday afternoons.

Objectives and Program

The continued growth in popularity of plasma sources for atomization and excitation in atomic spectroscopy and ionization in mass spectrometry and the need to discuss recent developments of these discharges in spectrochemical analysis stimulated the organization of this meeting. The Conference will bring together international scientists experienced in applications, instrumentation, and theory in an informal setting to examine recent progress in the field. Approximately 500 participants from 30 countries are expected to attend.

Over 300 papers describing applications, fundamentals, and instrumental developments with plasma sources will be presented in lecture and poster sessions by more than 200 authors. Symposia organized and chaired by recognized experts will include the following topics: 1) Sample introduction and transport phenomena; Micronebulization and flow processing spectrochemical analysis; 2) Nanomaterial analysis and characterization; 3) Elemental speciation, metallomics and sample preparation for speciation; 4) Plasma instrumentation, including advanced detectors, chemometrics, expert systems, on-line analysis, microplasmas, software, and remote-system automation; 5) Sample preparation, treatment and automation; 6) Excitation mechanisms, plasma phenomena and modeling; 7) Spectroscopic standards and reference materials, and high-purity materials; 8) Plasma source mass spectrometry; 9) Glow discharge atomic and mass spectrometry; 10) Stable isotope analyses; 11) Laser-assisted plasma spectrometry; 12) Advanced materials bulk and surface characterization, 13) Elemental Imaging and Mass Cytometry, and 14) Novel plasma spectrochemical applications. Six plenary and 34 invited lectures will highlight advances in these areas. Four afternoon poster sessions will feature applications, automation, and new instrumentation. Six Heritage Lectures will be presented by distinguished scientists and investigators, who have contributed significantly to the development of plasma spectrochemistry and will address critical development areas in sample introduction, instrumentation, elemental speciation, plasma source mass spectrometry, and novel software and hardware. Awards for outstanding young investigators and senior researchers also will be presented. Plenary, invited, and submitted papers will be published in September 2020 after peer review as the official Conference proceedings.

Schedule of Activities

Call for Papers, Abstracts Due, Early Bird Registration Friday, July 12, 2019

Exhibitor Booth Reservation and Pre-Registration Due       Friday, September 20, 2019

Final Abstracts for All Papers Due           Friday, October 25, 2019

Exhibitor Reservation Deadline               Friday, October 25, 2019

Conference Pre-Registration Deadline    Friday, October 25, 2019

Hotel Reservation Deadline                   Friday, December 6, 2019

Late Pre-Registration Deadline            Friday, December 13, 2019

2020 Winter Conference Professional Development Courses Friday- Monday, January 10 - 13, 2020

2020 Manufacturers' Seminars  Friday - Monday, January 10 - 13, 2020

2020 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry    Monday - Saturday, January 13 - 18, 2020

2020 Special Topic Workshops Tuesday - Friday January 14 - 17, 2020

2020 Instrument Exhibition  Tuesday - Thursday, January 14 - 16, 2020

Conference Manuscripts Submission Deadline  February 21, 2020

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