Encyclopedia of Separation Science

1st Edition

Editor-in-Chiefs: Ian Wilson
Editors: Colin Poole Michael Cooke
Hardcover ISBN: 9780122267703
eBook ISBN: 9780080917795
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 23rd August 2000
Page Count: 4502
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The Encyclopedia of Separation Science is the most comprehensive resource available on the theory, techniques, and applications of separation science. The work presents information on three levels. The first volume contains Level 1, which provides a broad overview of the theory of the 12 main categories of separation techniques. Volumes 2-4 (Level 2) expand coverage with detailed theoretical and technical descriptions of particular techniques. The remaining Volumes 5-9 (Level 3) cover applications of these techniques from the micro to the macro, and also from the analytical laboratory bench to large-scale industrial processes. Volume 10 consists mainly of the index. Initial access to the online version offering extensive hypertext linking and advanced search tools is available with purchase. Ongoing access is maintained for a minimum annual fee.

The Encyclopedia of Separation Science is the first truly comprehensive work covering the whole of separation theory, methods, and techniques. This encyclopedia will be invaluable to researchers and professionals across a wide range of areas in academia and industry.

Enclyclopedia of Separation Science is available online via ScienceDirect offering enhanced features such as extensive cross-referencing and dynamic linking. For more information please (http://www.info.sciencedirect.com/reference_works/works_available/separation/index.shtml click here.)

Key Features

  • Written by experts from both academic and industrial settings worldwide
  • Includes 544 articles, covering 12 methods of separation: 
  • Affinity/Biotechnology
  • Centrifugation
  • Chromatography
  • Crystallization
  • Distillation
  • Electrophoresis
  • Extraction
  • Flotation
  • Ion exchange
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Membrane separations
  • Particle size separation
  • Allows easy access to the primary literature with further reading lists in each article
  • Provides extensive cross-referencing (hyperlinks in the electronic version)
  • Dedicates one entire volume to the detailed index
  • Includes many figures and tables illustrating the text and a color plate section in each volume
  • Initial access to the innovative online version included with purchase;Ongoing access is maintained for a minimum annual fee


Academic and industrial librarians; analytical and production chemists/technologists and clinical analysts; environmental technologists/consultants; biomedical/biotechnology researchers; petrochemical, mineral extraction, water purification, pharmaceutical and agrochemical, brewing, food, flavor and fragrance industries; the nuclear industry; plant and equipment manufacturers; gas suppliers.

Table of Contents

Level I: Overviews
Affinity Separation. Centrifugation. Chromatography. Crystallisation. Distillation. Electrophoresis. Extraction. Flotation. Ion Exchange. Mass Spectrometry. Membrane Separations. Particle Size Separation.

Level II: Methods and Instrumentation
Affinity Separation. Centrifugation. Chromatography. Chromatography: Gas. Chromatography: Liquid. Chromatography: Supercritical Fluid. Chromatography: Thin-Layer (Planar). Crystallisation. Distillation. Electrophoresis. Extraction. Membrane Separations. Particle Size Separation.

Level III: Practical Applications
Acids. Aflatoxins and Mycotoxins. Air Liquefaction: Distillation. Airborne Samples: Solid Phase Extraction. Alcohol and Biological Markers of Alcohol Abuse: Gas Chromatography. Alcohol Beverages: Distillation. Aldehydes and Ketones: Gas Chromatography. Allergens in Perfumes: Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry. Amines: Gas Chromatography. Amino Acids. Amino Acids and Derivatives: Chiral Separations. Amino Acids and Peptides: Capillary Electrophoresis. Anaesthetic Mixtures: Gas Chromatography. Analytical Applications: Distillation. Anion Exchangers for Water Treatment: Ion Exchange. Antibiotics. Archaeology: Uses of Chromatography in. Aromas: Gas Chromatography. Art Conservation, Use of Chromatography in. Atmospheric Analysis: Gas Chromatography. Bacteriophages, Separation of. Balsams and Resins: Thin-Layer (Planar) Chromatography. Bases: Thin-Layer (Planar) Chromatography. Bile Acids. Bile Compounds: Thin-Layer (Planar) Chromatography. Bioanalytical Applications: Solid-Phase Extraction. Biogenic Amines: Gas Chromatography. Biological Systems: Ion Exchange. Biologically Active Compounds and Xenobiotics: Magnetic Affinity Separations. Biomedical Applications. Bitumens: Liquid Chromatography. Carbamite Insecticides in Foodstuffs: Chromatogra


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About the Editor-in-Chief

Ian Wilson

Affiliations and Expertise

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Alderley Park, U.K.

About the Editor

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).

Affiliations and Expertise

Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Michael Cooke

Affiliations and Expertise

University of London, Egham, Surrey, UK


"This encyclopedia is part of a new generation of literature sources that is directed as much at the on-line computer user as the traditional book reader. It is a comprehensive data source that should appeal to a large range of scientists and engineers with an interest in physico-chemical separations. The focus is on the ever-expanding range of specialist methods and analytical techniques available to the separation professional...it will appeal particularly to those working in high technology industries such as the biomedical, pharmaceutical and agrochemical fields. Research professionals will also find it useful in method development for the purification and analysis of laboratory samples." @source:--SANDRA KENTISH, Chemical Engineering in Australia I think this is a great idea given the dominant position of separation techniques in many areas of science and technology... I am not aware of anything similar on the market." @source:--SHAWN DOOGAN, University of East London, UK @qu:"I feel that the overall structure is sound. A user wishing to use or research a specific technique may access the information at the level of introduction, background theory or by looking at practical examples." @source:--DAVID SHEEHAN, University of College Cork, Ireland @qu:"Given the assurances of breadth of coverage, I believe the project to be viable, exciting and most useful." @source:--ALAN TOWNSHEND, University of Hull, UK