The knowledge base of chromatography continued to expand throughout the 1990s owing to its many applications to problems of contemporary interest in industry, life and environmental sciences. Organizing this information into a single text for a diverse group of scientists has become increasingly difficult. The present book stemmed from the desire to revise Chromatography Today, written by the same author with Salwa K. Poole, and published in 1991. This title is considered to be one of the definitive texts on chromatography. It was soon realized however, that a simple revision would not provide the desired result of a contemporary picture of the practice of chromatography at the turn of the century. The only workable solution was to start afresh, maintaining the same general philosophy and concept for Chromatography Today where possible, while creating essentially a new book. The format of the new book is modular, with extensive cross-references to permit rapid location of related material using different separation concepts. Important features are extensive tabulation of essential data for performing separations and an extensive bibliography to the most recent literature. This title is intended as a suitable text for graduate level courses in the separation sciences and as a self-study guide for professional chromatographers wishing to refresh their background in this rapidly expanding field. The Essence of Chromatography presents a comprehensive survey of modern chromatography and is an effective replacement for Chromatography Today.

Key Features

· Comprehensive and authoritative coverage of chromatographic techniques · Contains extensive coverage of recent literature on this subject · Ideal text for graduates and suitable for professional chromatographers


University departments teaching courses in separation sciences; academic and industrial libraries with an interest in analytical chemistry; organizations and societies that teach professional development courses in the separation sciences; and the chemical industry and life sciences companies with a research and development function.

Table of Contents

General concepts in column chromatography; The column in gas chromatography; Instrumental aspects of gas chromatography; The column in liquid chromatography; Instrumental aspects of liquid chromatography; Thin-layer chromatography; Supercritical fluid chromatography; Capillary-Electromigration separation techniques; Spectroscopic detectors for identification and quantification; Separation of stereoisomers; Laboratory-scale preparative chromatography.


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Reviewed in Journal of the American Chemical Society 2003, 125, 10144-10146 by David J. Butcher, Western Carolina University, USA "I am happy to report that this volume is even better than the original... In general. the book is an excellent source of information on all aspects of chromatography... It is not simply a revision of Chromatography Today; most chapters have been completely rewritten, and several new topics have been introduced... In summary, I highly recommend this volume." Reviewed in LC-GC Europe, Vol 16, No.5, May 2003 by Geoff Potter, University of the West of England, Bristol, U.K. "The book is a "must" for all libraries. A reference work that will remain authoritative for many years." Reviewed in CHOICE, September, 2003 by H. T. McKone "Highly Recommended. Graduate students through professionals." Reviewed in CHEMISTRY IN AUSTRALIA, May, 2003 by Philip Marriott FRACI, Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia "Quite simply, Colin Poole has again produced a text that is authoritative, comprehensive, informative, and an excellent source as a one-stop reference to the field of separation science." Reviewed in CHROMATOGRAPHIA, Vol. 57, 2003 by P. Myers "Overall this is a well-planned book, very well written and one that should become the prime standard for anyone entering chromatography or simply wanting to understand a little more about a different area of the subject." Reviewed in TrAC, by F. Svec, University of California, Berkeley, USA "Colin Poole deserves to be cheered for his excellent work. The Essence o