This week is tin! This week’s paper is from a themed collection from the 2013 European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, Krakow, Poland.
The US Government has classiifed cassiterite (SnO2) as a ‘conflict mineral’. This means that all companies that use tin in their products must verify that their tin does not originate from conflict regions such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo where there is an ongoing violent conflict. In this paper, Gabler et al. look at a geochemical fingerprinting method for cassiterite based on LA-ICP-MS.
Cassiterite fingerprinting by LA-ICP-MS
Hans-Eike Gäbler, Sönke Rehder, Andreas Bahr, Frank Melcher and Simon Goldmann
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2013, 28, 1247-1255
Week 15 will be…crystal