Three aspects of environmental analysis are treated in this book: the use of various analytical techniques, their applications to trace analysis of pollutants, mainly organic compounds, and quality assurance aspects, including the use of certified reference materials for quality control of the whole analytical process.
The book is divided into four parts. Part I considers field sampling techniques and sample handling. Matrices, such as air, water, sediments and biota, are treated in various chapters.
The second part covers the application areas. Compounds of interest include PCBs, PAHs, phenolic compounds, pesticides, detergents, radionuclides, marine toxins and organometallics.
Part III comprises analytical quality assurance in environmental programmes. There is an increasing demand for more reliable and accurate data. This part reflects the conflicting viewpoints of different authors and American and EEC standards.
The last part of the book is devoted to the implementation of novel and emerging analytical techniques, including a variety of hyphenated methods.The book will serve as a general reference for post-graduate students as well as a practical reference for environmental chemists who need to use the analytical techniques for environmental studies. Analytical chemists needing information on the complexity of environmental sample matrices and interferences will also find this an invaluable reference.