As with the first edition of the Encyclopedia of Analytical Science, this second edition is designed to provide a detailed and comprehensive publication covering all facets of the science and practice of analysis. The new work has been extensively revised in terms of the titles and content of the first edition, and includes comprehensive coverage of techniques used for the determination of specific elements, compounds and groups of compounds, in physical or biological matrices. It addresses applications of chemical analysis in all areas, ranging from such topics as medicine to environmental science, and geology to food science. Important characterisation techniques, such as microscopy and surface analysis are also included. The complete work consists of around 610 articles, each consisting of about 4000 words, figures and summary tables. These articles are combined to form larger entries providing comprehensive coverage of important topics and assisting the reader in locating material of interest. The entries are arranged in an A to Z format providing a final publication of about two and a half million words in ten volumes. The articles are structured to allow easy access to information on specific analytes, instrumental techniques and sample matrices. There is extensive cross-referencing throughout the Encyclopedia and a detailed index. Also available online via ScienceDirect – featuring extensive browsing, searching, and internal cross-referencing between articles in the work, plus dynamic linking to journal articles and abstract databases, making navigation flexible and easy. For more information, pricing options and availability visit

Key Features

- Comprehensive in coverage - Meticulously organised - Clearly written


Analytical chemists, biochemists, biologists, biomedical researchers, biotechnologists, earth scientists, environmental scientists, forensic scientists, food scientists and technologists, pharmacologists and toxicologists, physicists.

Table of Contents

Activation analysis. Adhesives and Sealants. Air analysis. Alkaloids. Amino Acids. Amperometry. Amplification Reactions. Analytical reagents. Archaeometry and antique analysis. Arsenic (speciation). Asbestos. Atomic absorption spectrometry. Atomic emission spectrometry. Atomic fluorescence spectrometry. Atomic Mass Spectrometry.

Bioassays. Bioluminescence. Bleaches and Sterilants. Blood and Plasma. Buffer Solutions. Building materials.

Cadmium (speciation). Capillary Electrochromatography. Capillary Electrophoresis. Carbohydrates. Carbon. Cement. Centrifugation. Ceramics. Cerebrospinal Fluid. Chemical Warfare Agents. Chemiluminescence. Chemometrics. Chiroptical Analysis. Chlorofluorocarbons and other halocarbons. Chromatography. Clinical analysis. Coal and Coke. Colour Measurement. Computer Modelling. Conductimetry and oscillometry. Cosmetics and Toiletries.

Derivatization of Analytes. Dioxins. Distillation. DNA Sequencing. Drug metabolism.

Electrogravimetry. Electrolytes in physiological samples. Electron Energy Loss Spectrometry (EELS). Electron spin resonance spectroscopy. Electrophoresis. Elemental speciation. Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals. Environmental analysis. Enzymes. Essential Oils. Ethanol. Extraction. Extrac


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About the authors

Colin Poole

Prof. Poole was born and educated in the United Kingdom receiving a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Leeds (1971) followed by graduate studies at the University of Bristol, MSc. in analytical chemistry (1972), and Ph.D. with Prof. E. D. Morgan at the University of Keele (1975) on the analysis of insect molting hormones. Since 1980 he has been at the Department of Chemistry, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA, except for 1995-1996, spent as the Governors’ Lecturer and Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, London, in the United Kingdom.

Prof. Poole is a polychromatographer with broad interests in the separation and detection of small molecules in biological, environmental, and food samples; sample preparation technology; and computer-aided data analysis techniques. He is the author of over 325 research papers, an editor of the Journal of Chromatography, and a member of the editorial boards of 5 other analytical chemistry journals. In 1985 he received the Tswett Medal of the International Symposium Advances in Chromatography, in 1991 the Jubilee Medal of the Chromatographic Society, and in 1997 a D.Sc. from the University of Leeds (UK).

Alan Townshend

Alan Townshend holds B.Sc., Ph.D. and D.Sc., degrees from the University of Birmingham, where he lectured in analytical chemistry from 1964-80. He moved to the University of Hull in 1980, and became Professor of Analytical Chemistry in 1984. He has served twice as Dean of the School of Chemistry, and currently holds the G.F. Grant Chair of Chemistry. He is also Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science, and Director of the Institute for Chemistry in Industry. He has published ca. 300 scientific papers, his main research interests currently being in analytical applications of chemiluminscence and of immobilised reagents (especially enzymes) and in flow injection analysis.

Professor Townshend is a senior editor of Analytica Chimica Acta, and was Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Analytical Science (Academic Press, 1985) and the Dictionary of Analytical Reagents (Chapman and Hall, 1993). He was President of the Analytical Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) (1996-98) and is currently Chairman of the RSC's Committee for Accreditation and Validation. He serves on the Steering Group of the UK Analytical Partnership and has recently completed a 4-year stint on the Council of the Analytical Chemistry Division of the Federation of European Chemical Societies.


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