Authors: L. Moens 1 and R. Dams 1
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  • 1 Ghent University Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry Proeftuinstraat 86 B-9000 Ghent Belgium
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Abstract  

NAA and ICP-MS are both highly sensitive methods for multi-element trace-and ultra-trace element determination. A comparison between analytical figures of merit of both methods is made. Both methods have specific advantages that put them beyond competition for certain applications. It is concluded that ICP-MS can replace NAA for many routine analyses. NAA remains essential as a highly reliable and accurate reference method.