Environmental Analysis

Techniques, Applications and Quality Assurance

Edited by

  • D. Barceló, Environmental Chemistry Department, CID-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

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.

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Book information

  • Published: November 1993
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-89648-3


...is well balanced and focuses on appropriately related areas. It is an admirably organized text, providing a balance that will permit the specialist to obtain a review of specific areas of environmental analysis and also serves as a reference for these topics.
Trends in Analytical Chemistry

This is a well written and presented book which fulfills a much needed requirement within the ever growing and increasingly complex field of environmental analyses.
Journal of Chromatography A
It is a pleasure to say, that this book may be recommended as a necessary compendium for all analysts interested to environmental topics.
Chemia Analityczna

Table of Contents

Part 1. Field Sampling Techniques and Sample Preparation. 1. Sampling techniques for air pollutants (R. Niessner). 2. Sample handling strategies for the analysis of organic contaminants from environmental samples (M.-C. Hennion, P. Scribe). 3. Extraction, clean-up and recoveries of persistent trace organic contaminants from sediment and biota samples (D.E. Wells). Part 2. Application Areas. 4. Current developments in the analysis of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) including planar and other toxic metabolites in environmental matrices (D.E. Wells). 5. Official methods of analysis of priority pesticides in water using gas chromatographic techniques (D. Barceló). 6. Coupled-column reversed phase liquid chromatography as a versatile technique for the determination of polar pesticides (E.A. Hogendoorn, P. van Zoonen). 7. Liquid chromatographic determination of phenols and substituted derivatives in water samples (G. Marko-Varga). 8. HPLC methods for the determination of mycotoxins and phycotoxins (J.F. Lawrence, P.M. Scott). 9. Determination of radionuclides in environmental samples (V. Valkovic). Part 3. Quality Assurance and Reference Materials. 10. Quality assurance in environmental analysis (W.P. Cofino). 11. Certified reference materials for the quality control of measurements in environmental monitoring (E.A. Maier). 12. Standard reference materials for the determination of trace organic constituents in environmental samples (S.A. Wise). Part 4. Emerging Techniques. 13. Application of fluorescence spectroscopic techniques in the determination of PAHs and PAH metabolites (F. Ariese, C. Gooijer, N.H. Velthorst). 14. Characterization of surfactants in water by desorption ionization methods (F. Ventura). 15. Utilization of various LC-MS interfacing systems in environmental analysis; application to polar pesticides (M.H. Lamoree, R.T. Ghijsen, U.A.Th. Brinkman). 16. Hyphenated techniques applied to the speciation of organometallic compounds in the environment (O.F.X. Donard, R. Ritsema). 17. The potential of capillary electrophoresis in environmental analysis (M.W.F. Nielen). Subject index.