Sample Preparation for Trace Element Analysis
- Zoltan Mester, Institute for National Measurement Standards, National Research Council, Ottawa, Canada
- Ralph Sturgeon, Institute for National Measurement Standards, National Research Council, Ottawa, Canada
Following the collection of a sample, every analytical chemist will agree that its subsequent preservation and processing are of paramount importance. The availability of high performance analytical instrumentation has not diminished this need for careful selection of appropriate pretreatment methodologies, intelligently designed to synergistically elicit optimum function from these powerful measurement tools. Sample Preparation for Trace Element Analysis is a modern, comprehensive treatise, providing an account of the state-of-the art on the subject matter. The book has been conceived and designed to satisfy the varied needs of the practicing analytical chemist. It is a multi-author work, reflecting the diverse expertise arising from its highly qualified contributors. The first five chapters deal with general issues related to the determination of trace metals in varied matrices, such as sampling, contamination control, reference materials, calibration and detection techniques. The second part of the book deals with extraction and sampling technologies (totaling 15 chapters), providing theoretical and practical hints for the users on how to perform specific extractions. Subsequent chapters overview seven major representative matrices and the sample preparation involved in their characterization. This portion of the book is heavily based on the preceding chapters dealing with extraction technologies. The last ten chapters are dedicated to sample preparation for trace element speciation.
Anyone required to undertakes trace metal analysis, including those in academic chemistry, geoscience and food science departments, federal regulatory agencies such as the FDA and EPA, as well as national bodies associated with geology, agriculture, etc. Additionally, contract environmental based laboratories and various industries such as food, oil and microelectronics.