Purification of Laboratory Chemicals

Purification of Laboratory Chemicals

8th Edition - March 7, 2017

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  • Author: W.L.F. Armarego
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128054574
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128054567

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Purification of Laboratory Chemicals, Eighth Edition, tabulates methods taken from literature for purifying thousands of individual commercially available chemicals. To help in applying this information, the more common processes currently used for purification in chemical laboratories and new methods are discussed. For dealing with substances not separately listed, a chapter is included setting out the usual methods for purifying specific classes of compounds.

Key Features

  • Features empirical formulae inserted for every entry
  • References all important applications of each substance
  • Updates and confirms the accuracy of all CAS registry numbers, molecular weights, original reference, and physical data
  • Provides increased coverage of the latest commercial chemical products, including pharmaceutical chemicals, updated safety and hazard material, and expanded coverage of laboratory and work practices and purification methods


Chemical Engineers, Chemists, Biochemists and Pharmaceutical Engineers who process and purify commercial chemicals in industry; university and commercial research laboratories

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Common Physical Techniques Used in Purification

    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • The Question of Purity
    • Safety Precautions Associated with the Purification of Laboratory Chemicals
    • Methods of Purification of Reagents and Solvents
    • Useful Websites

    Chapter 2: Chemical Methods Used in Purification

    • Abstract
    • General Remarks
    • Removal of Traces of Metals from Reagents
    • Use of Metal Hydrides
    • Purification via Derivatives
    • General Methods for the Purification of Classes of Compounds
    • General Procedures for the Purification of some Classes of Organic Compounds

    Chapter 3: Purification of Organic Chemicals

    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Aliphatic Compounds
    • Alicyclic Compounds
    • Aromatic Compounds
    • Heterocyclic Compounds
    • Miscellaneous As, B, P, Si, S, Se and Te Compounds

    Chapter 4: Purification of Inorganic and Metal-Organic Chemicals

    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Inorganic Compounds
    • Highly Toxic
    • Metal-Organic Compounds

    Chapter 5: Catalysts

    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Catalysts—Part 1
    • Catalysts—Part 2

    Chapter 6: Purification of Biochemicals

    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Proteins, enzymes, DNA and RNA
    • Carbohydrates
    • Carotenoids
    • Steroids

    Chapter 7: Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology

    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Identification and Measurement of Nanomaterials
    • Fullerenes and Related Substances
    • Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) and Related Materials
    • Graphene Materials
    • Self Assembled Monolayers (SAMs)
    • Diamond Nanomaterials
    • Solvent Resistant Nano Filters (SRNF)
    • Nano Metals and Metal Derivatives
    • Some Organic and Metal-Organic Compounds Used in Nanotechnology
    • Safety Issues

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1198
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2017
  • Published: March 7, 2017
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128054574
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128054567

About the Author

W.L.F. Armarego

W.L.F. Armarego
Wilfred L. F. Armarego graduated BSc (Hons) in 1953 and PhD from the University of London in 1956 and came to Australia in that year. After two years at the Central Research Laboratories (ICIANZ) in Melbourne, where he worked on plant growth substances, and one year on potentially carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons at the University of Melbourne as Senior Demonstrator in Organic Chemistry, he joined the Department of Medical Chemistry as a Research Fellow in 1960. He became a Fellow in 1963 and was awarded a DSc degree (London) in 1968. He was promoted to Senior Fellow in 1967 and began research work on the biochemistry and molecular biology of pteridine-requiring enzymes related to the inherited metabolic disease phenylketonuria and its variants. He was head of the Protein Biochemistry Group and Pteridine Biochemistry Laboratory until his retirement in 1996. He is now a visiting fellow at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, and member of the editorial boards of ‘Medicinal Research Reviews’ and ‘Pteridines’ journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Division of Molecular Bioscience, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

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