LA-ICP-MS and LIBS Workshops at AMAS 2017 in Brisbane, Australia

Applied Spectra and ASA at AMAS 2017

Brisbane, Australia
February 6-10, 2017

The Australian Microbeam Analysis Society has organized a technical symposium focusing on the fundamentals and latest advances of microanalysis techniques useful for the discovery of material structures and functions. At AMAS 2017, technical workshops on EPMA, TEM, Cryo-SEM, EBSD, Cathodoluminescence, LIBS, LA-ICP-MS, and other vibrational spectroscopy techniques will be conducted to provide overviews on the techniques and relevant analytical applications.

Applied Spectra and Analytical Solutions Australia are proud to sponsor LIBS and LA-ICP-MS workshops held for the first time at the conference. We invite anyone interested in the latest advances in laser solid sampling and spectroscopy to attend the workshops to discover the latest advances in LA-ICP-MS and LIBS and their state-of-the-art analytical applications.

Reserve your spot! Space is limited.

AMAS 2017
Analytical Solutions Australia

About the Workshops

Workshop 1 – LA-ICP-MS – Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrometry

Day: Tuesday, Feb. 7
Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Gardens Point Campus


  1. Background on laser ablation
  2. LA in everyday use
  3. Nanosecond vs femtosecond LA
  4. Femtosecond LA instrumentation
  5. Femtosecond LA applications
    1. EPMA vs fs-LA
    2. Nuclear forensics
    3. Geological
    4. Literature review
  6. Tandem LA-LIBS instrumentation and applications

Workshop 2 – Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) Workshop

Day: Tuesday, Feb. 7
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Gardens Point Campus


  1. Evolution of LIBS
  2. LIBS fundamentals
  3. LIBS instrumentation
  4. LIBS applications
    1. Geological
    2. Forensics
    3. Battery related materials
    4. Environmental
    5. Metals
  5. Tandem LA-LIBS instrumentation

Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) is an analytical technique for elemental analysis whose benefits include high speed (in seconds), direct solid analysis, and coverage of every element, including lighter and non-metal elements such as H, Be, Li, C, N, O and halogens.

Discover LA-ICP-MS and the unique J200 Tandem LA-LIBS instrument that enables high precision isotope measurements with LA-ICP-MS with simultaneous LIBS analysis of the matrix elements and lighter organic elements that are more difficult for ICP-MS alone. Expand your elemental coverage and concentration range from major to ppb level trace elements with one laser solid sampling with the cost-effective J200 Tandem LA–LIBS instrument.

Speaker – C. Derrick Quarles Jr.

C. Derrick Quarles Jr. is currently the Director of Business Development at Applied Spectra, Inc. in Fremont, California. He received his Bachelors of Science degree at Augusta State University and completed his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry under Dr. Ken Marcus at Clemson University in 2011. After time as a guest researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, he was a fellow at the Center for Disease Control in the Inorganic and Radiation Analytical Toxicology branch. Derrick spent 2 years as an application scientist at Applied Spectra, Inc. before becoming involved with business development. Derrick was selected for the 2014 Young Analytical Scientist (YAS) in the Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry (JAAS).

C. Derrick Quarles Jr., Ph.D