Principles and Practice of Analytical Chemistry (5th Edition)

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It is twenty-five years since the first edition was published, and at the beginning of the twenty-first century it seems appropriate to reflect on the directions in which analytical chemistry is developing. The opening statements from the preface to the first edition are as relevant now as they were in 1975, viz

'Analytical chemistry is a branch of chemistry which is both broad in scope and requires a specialised and disciplined approach. Its applications extend to all parts of an industrialised society.'

During this period, the main themes have remained constant, but differences in emphasis are readily discerned. An increasing concern with the well-being of individuals and life in general has led to initiatives for improvements in medicine and the world environment, and in these areas analytical chemistry has particularly vital roles to play. The elucidation of the causes and effects of ill health or of environmental problems often depends heavily upon analytical measurements. The demand for analytical data in relation to manufactured goods is increasing. For example, in the pharmaceutical industry much effort is being concentrated on combinatorial chemistry where thousands of potential drugs are being designed, synthesised and screened. This activity generates considerable analytical requirements, particularly for automated chromatographic and spectrometric procedures, to deal with very large numbers of samples. The determination of ultra-trace levels and the speciation of analytes continues to provide challenges in the manufacture of highly pure materials and environmental monitoring.

1. Introduction
2. The Assessment of Analytical Data
3. pH, Complexation and Solubility Equilibria
4. Separation Techniques
5. Titrimetry and Gravimetry
6. Electrochemical Techniques
7. An Introduction to Analytical Spectrometry
8. Atomic Spectrometry
9. Molecular Spectrometry
10. Radiochemical Methods in Analysis
11. Thermal Techniques
12. Overall Analytical Procedures and Their Automation
13. The Role of Computers and Microprocessors in Analyatical Chemistry
Answers to Problems

Author Details
"F.W. Fifield"

"D. Kealey"

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