Atomic Spectroscopy Group - IYC Challenge

The Atomic Spectroscopy Group project focuses on making a short film, for use on the internet, detailing the stages undertaken when completing an analysis – from sampling to data presentation.

The basic concept was to use images (with simple voice over) to demonstrate each step of the process to make the process ‘come alive’. It is hoped that this will prove more accessible to younger people that the traditional text descriptions which may seem rather dry. The films are aimed at students aged 16 and over.


  • Two environmental matrices have been selected – a soil sample and a fish sample (salmon).
  • The collection of the soil sample was filmed, as was the drying process in an oven. After that, grinding and sieving followed by an acid digestion and analysis using ICP-OES was also filmed. 
  • The salmon will also be seen being unpacked and freeze dried. Again, homogenization and an acid digestion was filmed prior to analysis using ICP-MS and ICP-OES.
  • The use and calibration of an analytical balance as well as pipettes was included; as was the preparation of calibration curves for several analytes. 


Contact and Further Information

Dr Fiona McMillan
Member Networks Team Leader
Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WF
Tel: + 44 (0) 1223 432269