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
Alma mater Iowa State University
Known for ICP and ICP-MS
Scientific career
Fields Chemist

Iowa State University

Ames Laboratory

Velmer A. Fassel (26 April 1919 – 4 March 1998)[1][2] was 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.