Anthias Consulting Ltd.

1-day Applied Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS)


Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS) is relatively inexpensive and low sensitivity, yet increasingly diverse elemental analysis procedure that involves absorption of light by free atoms in the gaseous state. It is widely applicable to a host of disciplines. Famously linked with the Beer Lambert Law for calibration purposes, it has a large variety of atomisation techniques available together with a smaller choice of light sources, light filtering methods and detection tools.

Event Type:
Workshops/Training Courses
Jul. 2, 2020
The Open University
Milton Keynes , UK


Course summary

  • Number of days: 1
  • Experience level: Beginners
  • Type: Generic, applicable to all disciplines
  • Teaching method: Face to face classroom with case studies
  • Course venue: See individual dates for venues
  • Onsite/offsite availability: Arrange this course just for you
  • Scheduled course price: £405 + VAT per delegate

What will you learn on this course?

This course engenders a holistic approach to AAS from the initial choice of analytical set-up through designing a robust methodology including sample preparation and sample introduction and finishing with calibration. Ten real-world case studies cover elemental analysis in pharmaceuticals, drinking water, soils, motor oil, occupational hygiene, forensics, food and drink authentication, catalysis and pathology.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn the theory behind the technique of Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS).
  • You will learn the pros and cons of each facet and the required troubleshooting and maintenance of each.
  • You will learn about the different AAS components, how they are affected by problematical samples and what can be done to reduce interference using matrix modification and background correction.
  • You will gain knowledge in various atomisation techniques such as flame AAS, graphite furnace, hydride generation or cold vapour AAS and how to optimise the method to build a robust methodology.

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