Purification of Laboratory Chemicals

Purification of Laboratory Chemicals

Part 1 Physical Techniques, Chemical Techniques, Organic Chemicals

9th Edition - August 9, 2022

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  • Author: W.L.F. Armarego
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323909679
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323984430

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Purification of Laboratory Chemicals: Part One, Physical Techniques, Chemical Techniques, Organic Chemicals, Ninth Edition describes contemporary methods for the purification of chemical compounds.  The work includes tabulated methods taken from literature for purifying thousands of individual commercially available chemical substances. 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, another chapter is included, setting out the usual methods for purifying specific classes of compounds. Laboratory workers, whether carrying out research or routine work, will invariably need to consult this book. Apart from the procedures described, the large amount of physical data about listed chemicals is essential. This fully updated, revised and expanded new edition includes the purification of many new substances that have been available commercially since 2017, along with previously available substances which have found new applications.

Key Features

  • Features empirical formulae and formula weights for every entry
  • References all important applications of each substance
  • Includes updated CAS registry numbers
  • Covers the latest commercial chemical products, including pharmaceutical chemicals and safety/hazard materials
  • Provides expanded coverage of laboratory/work practices and purification methods


Chemical engineers, (bio)chemists and pharmaceutical chemists, engineers who process and purify commercial chemicals in industry. University and tertiary education institutions (undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and research), medical research institutions and commercial research laboratories; laboratories that use chemical materials. Applicable courses or exams: The information can be used in courses to teach students how to handle, prepare, purify diverse chemical types as well as inform students about their physical properties and how to use chemicals safely

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Dedication
  • Copyright
  • Preface to the Ninth Edition
  • Preface to the First Edition
  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Preface to the Third Edition
  • Preface to the Fourth Edition
  • Preface to the Fifth Edition
  • Preface to the Sixth Edition
  • Preface to the Seventh Edition
  • Preface to the Eighth Edition
  • How This Book Should Be Used
  • DOIs, PMIDs, ISBNs and ISSNs
  • Video Presentations
  • About the Author
  • 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
  • Advances In Physical Techniques Used In Purification
  • Chemical And Biochemical Sources
  • Tables
  • Bibliography
  • 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
  • Advances In Chemical Techniques Used In Purification
  • Bibliography
  • Characterisation Of Organic And Inorganic Compounds
  • Green Chemistry
  • Metal Hydrides
  • Spectroscopy
  • Trace Metal Analysis
  • Chapter 3: Purification of Organic Chemicals
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • 3A Aliphatic Compounds
  • 3B Alicyclic Compounds
  • 3C Aromatic Compounds
  • 3D Heterocyclic Compounds
  • General Index
  • CAS Registry Numbers Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 662
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2022
  • Published: August 9, 2022
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323909679
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323984430

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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