Velmer A. Fassel

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Velmer A. Fassel
Born (1919-04-26)26 April 1919
Frohna, MO
Died March 4, 1998(1998-03-04) (aged 78)
San Diego, CA
Residence United States
Nationality United States
Fields Chemist

Iowa State University

Ames Laboratory
Alma mater Iowa State University
Known for ICP and ICP-MS

Velmer A. Fassel (26 April 1919 – 4 March 1998)[1][2] is an American chemist who developed the inductively coupled plasma (ICP)[3] and demonstrated its use as ion source for mass spectrometry.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Research interests[edit]


  • 1971 Anachem Award


  1. ^ Allan Maccoll (2001). "Velmer A. Fassel Memorial Issue". Spectrochimica Acta Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy 56 (7): 1035. doi:10.1016/S0584-8547(01)00257-9. 
  2. ^ Montaser, Akbar (1998). "The Science of a Revolutionary Chemist and Spectroscopist Velmer A. Fassel". Applied Spectroscopy 52 (11): 406A–426A. doi:10.1366/0003702981942834. 
  3. ^ Dickinson, George W.; Velmer A. Fassel (1969). "Emission-spectrometric detection of the elements at the nanogram per milliliter level using induction-coupled plasma excitation". Analytical Chemistry 41 (8): 1021–1024. doi:10.1021/ac60277a028. 
  4. ^ Houk, Robert S.; Velmer A. Fassel, Gerald D. Flesch, Harry J. Svec, Alan L. Gray, Charles E. Taylor (1980). "Inductively coupled argon plasma as an ion source for mass spectrometric determination of trace elements". Analytical Chemistry 52 (14): 2283–2289. doi:10.1021/ac50064a012.