Applications of Zeeman Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry in the Chemical Laboratory and in Toxicology

1st Edition

Editors: C. Minoia S. Caroli
Hardcover ISBN: 9780080410197
eBook ISBN: 9781483287607
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 24th December 1992
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The book aims at presenting an exhaustive survey of the applications of Electrothermal Atomization Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (ETA-AAS) with Zeeman background correction in a variety of fields. The unique role played by the technique in solving important analytical problems encountered today is highlighted throughout the 29 chapters which make up this multiauthored work. The overall picture that emerges from this collection of contributions testifies to the maturity reached by this instrumental methodology and lays emphasis on its capabilities, still unrivalled for many elements in terms of outstanding detection power afforded and minimal amounts of sample required.

After an introductory chapter reviewing the major milestones of ETA-AAS over the decades, with special regard to the history and theory of the Zeeman effect and its use in background correction, the contributions which follow are distributed into four main categories, dealing with the analysis respectively of environmental samples, natural waters, foodstuffs and specimens relevant to clinical and toxicological chemistry. The substantial impact of the technique, as deduced from the literature published so far, as well as its future prospects are outlined in the final paper.


For the advanced reader wishing to explore and exploit all the advantages inherent in Zeeman ETA-AAS but can also be used by beginners in the field. Also of interest to spectroscopists at large, practitioners in atomic absorption spectrometry and experimentalists in disciplines like environmental sciences, clinical chemistry, toxicology and nutrition.

Table of Contents

Section headings and papers: Part 1 - Water, Food, Environment. From L'Vov's graphite furnace to background correction by means of the Zeeman effect: general considerations, G. Rossi. Determination of trace elements in environmental matrices by Zeeman GFAAS and matrix modification, M. Bettinelli et al. Direct determination of trace elements in solid samples by GFAAS with Zeeman correction, P. Tittarelli & C. Biffi. Detection of impurities in ultrapure arsenic by GFAAS analysis with Zeeman correction, E. Sentimenti & G. Mazzetto. Characterization, identification, correction and removal of the aspecific absorption produced by the aluminium matrix in atomic absorption spectroscopy with graphite furnace, G. Zappa et al. Use of Zeeman-corrected GFAAS in the study of distribution and pattern of antimony circulation in various springs of latium and phlegrean fields, M. Brondi et al. Potential applications of GFAAS with Zeeman correction in direct analysis of metals in natural waters, M. Pettine et al. Study of barium distribution in waters for human consumption by Zeeman GFAAS, C. Minoia et al. Direct determination of trace elements in mineral waters by GFAAS using Zeeman correction, C. Minoia et al. Mercury, selenium and arsenic determination in seawater and marine organisms by Zeeman GFAAS, A. Bortoli et al. Analysis of trace elements in foodstuffs by GFAAS with Zeeman correction, B. Casetta & F. Aldrighetti. Selenium determination in foodstuffs using Zeeman GFAAS, S. Ciappellano et al. Direct analysis of essential elements (chromium, copper, iron, manganese, selenium) in human milk by Zeeman GFAAS, N. Salvato et al. Zeeman effect in the determination by GFAAS of toxic metals (cadmium and lead) in foodstuffs of animal origin, A. Stacchini et al. Part II - Biological Tissues and Fluids. Assessment of reference values for 22 trace el


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About the Editor

C. Minoia

Affiliations and Expertise

Laboratorio di Igiene Industriale, Fondazione Clinica del Lavoro, Pavia

S. Caroli

Affiliations and Expertise

Laboratorio di Tossicologia Applicata, Instituto Superiore di Sanita, Roma