This is about us...
PicoTrace is a spin-off company, founded by members of the Faculty of Geosciences of the University of Göttingen, Germany. Our University has a well known tradition in geochemistry, established by Viktor Moritz Goldschmidt. C.W. Correns caused the University to found the first Institute of Geochemistry in Germany in 1962. K.H. Wedepohl was the first director of this institute. Nowadays at our Faculty of Geosciences a wide spectrum of geochemical methods is used in basic and applied geosciences, with special attempt on ICP mass spectrometry and isotope geochemistry. Since V. M. Goldschmidt, it is also traditional to enhance the limits of geochemical analysis by the development of special methods and equipment. The promoters of PicoTrace behold themselves in this tradition.
The violent evolution in mass spectrometry exposed the problems of sample preparation. In this field, PicoTrace tries to close the gap. We know that the best systems of today are only average tomorrow. So it is our ambition, not only to facilitate our own experiences, but also to learn from our colleagues and walk on the same road with them.
The systems, produced by PicoTrace have been developed for our own scientific work. They have been improved over a couple of years. In 1994 we decided to put them on the market. In our labs they are used continuously by students and experts. Limits and weakness, but also the quality of the systems is proofed every day. Therefore we are always close to your problems and ready for serious discussions.
In ultra trace element and isotope analysis, hot plates usually come into play at the end of an expensive and time-consuming preparation process. If they are used in a corrosive atmosphere over a long period of time, they present a special risk for a laboratory. They provide a remarkable contribution to contamination and often they are the source of a fire. Since many laboratories are equipped with highly sophisticated instrumentation, even a small fire may cause tremendous contamination, damage and costs.