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Sample Preparation Techniques in Analytical Chemistry

Somenath Mitra (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-471-32845-2
488 pages
September 2003
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The importance of accurate sample preparation techniques cannot be overstated--meticulous sample preparation is essential. Often overlooked, it is the midway point where the analytes from the sample matrix are transformed so they are suitable for analysis. Even the best analytical techniques cannot rectify problems generated by sloppy sample pretreatment.

Devoted entirely to teaching and reinforcing these necessary pretreatment steps, Sample Preparation Techniques in Analytical Chemistry addresses diverse aspects of this important measurement step. These include:
* State-of-the-art extraction techniques for organic and inorganic analytes
* Sample preparation in biological measurements
* Sample pretreatment in microscopy
* Surface enhancement as a sample preparation tool in Raman and IR spectroscopy
* Sample concentration and clean-up methods
* Quality control steps

Designed to serve as a text in an undergraduate or graduate level curriculum, Sample Preparation Techniques in Analytical Chemistry also provides an invaluable reference tool for analytical chemists in the chemical, biological, pharmaceutical, environmental, and materials sciences.
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Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Sample Preparation: An Analytical Perspective (Somenath Mitra and Roman Brukh).


Chapter 2. Principles of Extraction and the Extraction of Semivolatile Organics From Liquids (Martha J.M. Wells). 

Chapter 3. Extraction of Semivolatile Organic Compounds From Solid Matrices (Dawen Kou and Somenath Mitra).

Chapter 4. Extraction of Volatile Organic Compounds From Solids and Liquids (Gregory C. Slack, et al.).

Chapter 5. Preparation of Samples for Metals Analysis (Barbara B. Kebbekus).


Chapter 6. Sample Preparation in DNA Analysis (Satish Parimoo and Bhama Parimmo).

Chapter 7. Sample Preparation in RNA Analysis (Bhama Parimoo and Satish Parimoo). 

Chapter 8. Techniques for the Extraction, Isolation and Purification of Nucleic Acids (Mahesh Karwa and Somenath Mitra).


Chapter 9. Sample Preparation for Microscope and Spectroscopic Characterization of Solid Surfaces and Films (Sharmila M. Mukhopadhyay).

Chapter 10. Surface Enhancement by Sample and Substrate Preparation Techniques in Raman and Infrared Spectroscopy (Zafar Iqbal).


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Author Information

SOMENATH MITRA. PHD, is Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is coauthor of the textbook Environmental Chemical Analysis. In addition, he has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals of chemistry and analytical sciences.
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"…this book provides a wealth of information in a wide variety of sample preparation techniques. This could be very useful to someone developing a new method or modifying an existing one." (Inside Laboratory Management, July/August 2004)

"There is quite a mixture of analytical isolation techniques covered in this volume. Every analyst will find something of interest in its pages." (Clinical Chemistry, August 2004)

"…covers some of the more important and widely used sample preparation techniques that are crucial to the measurement process." (Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 126, No. 5)

"…a well-written book useful for a professional chemistry collection, or a personal office collection…" (E-Streams, Vol. 7, No. 4)

“...clearly outlines the accepted and preferred practices needed in a modern analytical laboratory...an excellent resource...it should be kept nearby as a resource in any serious analytical lab...essential.” (Choice, Vol. 41, No. 8, April 2004)

"This monograph provides a solid and practical overview with depth on this important topic...the book would be very useful to individual analysts, biochemists, environmental scientists, and material scientists, and should certainly be recommended for addition to almost any library collection." (Journal of Chemical Education, February 2004)

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