Ion Chromatography

Principles and Applications


  • P.R. Haddad, University of New South Wales, Kensington, N.S.W., Australia
  • P.E. Jackson, Waters Chromatography Division, Milford, MA, USA

Ion chromatography (IC) was first introduced in 1975 for the determination of inorganic anions and cations and water soluble organic acids and bases. Since then, the technique has grown in usage at a phenomenal rate. The growth of IC has been accompanied by a blurring of the original definition of the technique, so that it now embraces a very wide range of separation and detection methods, many of which bear little resemblance to the initial concept of ion-exchange separation coupled with conductivity detection.

Ion Chromatography is the first book to provide a comprehensive treatise on all aspects of ion chromatography. Ion-exchange, ion-interaction, ion-exclusion and other pertinent separation modes are included, whilst the detection methods discussed include conductivity, amperometry, potentiometry, spectroscopic methods (both molecular and atomic) and post column reactions. The theoretical background and operating principles of each separation and detection mode are discussed in detail. A unique extensive compilation of practical applications of IC (environmental, industrial, foods and plants, clinical and pharmaceutical, metals and metallurgical solutions, treated waters, etc.) with 1250 literature citations, is presented in tabular form. All relevant details of each application are given to accommodate reproduction of the method in the laboratory without access to the original publication.

This truly comprehensive text on ion chromatography should prove to be the standard reference work for researchers and those involved in the use of the subject in practical situations.

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Book information

  • Published: July 1990
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-88232-5


This is a must have book for all practising ion chromatographers or those who wish to become such in an efficient, logical manner.
Analytical Chemistry

The authors have compiled, in a single reference volume, all of the important developments in ion chromatography from its inception to the recent past. Their treatment is thorough and thoughtfully organized for the practitioner, and it provides and exellent overview of this increasingly diverse subject...will be useful to both research scientists and those in analytical service groups.
Journal of the American Chemical Society
...belongs in the hands of everyone who is interested in ion chromatography. Its clear style makes it accessible not only to experts in the field but also to students...serves as a definitive example, regarding both scientific content and layout, of how books of this type should appear.
Trends in Analytical Chemistry
This excellent reference book written by two leading researchers in the field is highly recommended to all chromatographers and analytical chemists. It is packed with valuable data and references on all aspects of ion chromatography.
Chemistry in Australia

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction. PART I. Ion-Exchange Separation Methods. Chapter 2. An introduction to ion-exchange methods. Chapter 3. Ion-exchange stationary phases for ion chromatography. Chapter 4. Eluents for ion-exchange separations. Chapter 5. Retention models for ion-exchange. PART II. Ion-Interaction, Ion-Exclusion and Miscellaneous Separation Methods. Chapter 6. Ion-interaction chromatography. Chapter 7. Ion-exclusion chromatography. Chapter 8. Miscellaneous separation methods. PART III. Detection Methods. Chapter 9. Conductivity detection. Chapter 10. Electrochemical detection (amperometry, voltammetry and coulometry). Chapter 11. Potentiometric detection. Chapter 12. Spectroscopic detection methods. Chapter 13. Detection by post-column reaction. PART IV. Practical Aspects. Chapter 14. Sample handling in ion chromatography. Chapter 15. Methods development. PART V. Applications of Ion Chromatography. Overview of the applications section. Chapter 16. Environmental applications. Chapter 17. Industrial applications. Chapter 18. Analysis of foods and plants. Chapter 19. Clinical and pharmaceutical applications. Chapter 20. Analysis of metals and metallurgical solutions. Chapter 21. Analysis of treated waters. Chapter 22. Miscellaneous applications. Appendix A. Statistical information on ion chromatography publications. Appendix B. Abbreviations and symbols. Index.