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Handbook of Elemental Speciation
Techniques and Methodology
edited by Rita Cornelis

The Handbook of Elemental Speciation brings together a collection of chapters covering comprehensively different aspects of procedures for speciation analysis at the different levels starting from sample collection and storage, through sample preparation approaches to render the species chromatographable, principles of separation techniques used in speciation analysis, to the element specific detection.

This already very broad coverage of analytical techniques is completed by electrochemical methods, biosensors for metal ions, radioisotope techniques and direct solid speciation techniques. Special concern is given to quality assurance and risk assessment, and speciation-relevant legislation.

Each chapter is a stand-alone reference covering a given facet of elemental speciation analysis written by an expert in a given field with the volume as a whole providing an excellent introductory text and reference handbook for analytical chemists in academia, government laboratories and industry, regulatory managers, biochemists, toxicologists, clinicians, environmental scientists, and students of these disciplines.


Technical Abbreviations and Acronyms

  1. Introduction
  2. Sampling: Collection, Storage
    • Sampling: Collection, Processing and Storage of Environmental Samples
    • Sampling of Clinical Samples: Collection and Storage
    • Food: Sampling with Special Reference to Legislation, Uncertainty and Fitness for Purpose
    • Sampling: Collection, Storage Occupational Health

  3. Sample Preparation
    • Sample Treatment for Speciation Analysis in Biological Samples
    • Sample Preparation Techniques for Elemental Speciation Studies
    • Sample Preparation Fractionation (Sediments, Soils, Aerosols and Fly Ashes)

  4. Separation Techniques
    • Liquid Chromatography
    • Gas Chromatography and Other Gas Based Methods
    • Capillary Electrophoresis in Speciation Analysis
    • Gel Electrophoresis for Speciation Purposes

  5. Detection
    • Atomic Absorption and Atomic Emission Spectrometry
    • Flow Injection Atomic Spectrometry for Speciation
    • Detection by ICP-Mass Spectrometry
    • Plasma Source Time-of-flight Mass Spectrometry: a Powerful Tool for Elemental Speciation
    • Glow Discharge Plasmas as Tunable Sources for Elemental Speciation
    • Electrospray Methods for Elemental Speciation
    • Elemental Speciation by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry with High Resolution Instruments
    • On-line Elemental Speciation with Functionalised Fused Silica Capillaries in Combination with DIN-ICP-MS
    • Speciation Analysis by Electrochemical Methods
    • Future Instrumental Development for Speciation
    • Biosensors for Monitoring of Metal Ions
    • Possibilities Offered by Radiotracers for Method Development in Elemental Speciation Analysis and for Metabolic and Environmentally Related Speciation Studies

  6. Direct Speciation of Solids
    • Characterization of Individual Aerosol Particles with Special Reference to Speciation Techniques
    • Direct Speciation of Solids: X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy for Species Analysis in Solid Samples

  7. Calibration
    • Calibration in Elemental Speciation Analysis
    • Reference Materials

  8. Screening Methods for Semiquantitative Speciation Analysis
  9. Risk Assessments/Regulations
    • Environmental Risk Assessment and the Bioavailability of Elemental Species
    • Speciation and Legislation


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Techniques and Methodology
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