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Analytical Instrumentation: Performance Characteristics and Quality

Analytical Instrumentation: Performance Characteristics and Quality

Graham Currell

ISBN: 978-0-470-51129-9

Apr 2008

336 pages



There is an increasing need for analysts to understand and be able to quantify the performance of analytical instruments, in particular with respect to the following:
* specifying equipment for purchase
* estimating uncertainties in instrumental measurements
* quantifying and demonstrating performance quality
This text links together an understanding of performance characteristics with an appreciation of the limitations imposed by instrument design, leading to the interplay of the validation and qualification processes within quality assurance systems.
A unique framework of topics covers the major instrumental techniques of spectrophotometry, chromatography, capillary electrophoresis, and atomic emission spectroscopy. The use of over 200 questions and answers, together with cross-referencing, helps to develop a thorough understanding of the various concepts that underpin the different techniques.
This book will appeal to a broad range of professional chemists, technicians and students, whether with reference to specific analytical techniques, or within a general course of study in instrumental performance.
Analytical Techniques in the Sciences
This series of books provides coverage of all the major analytical techniques and their application in the most important areas of physical, life and materials sciences. Each text is presented in an open learning/distant learning style, in which the learning objectives are clearly identified. The reader's understanding of the material is constantly evaluated by the use of self-assessment and discussion questions.

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Analytical Measurements.

Uncertainty and Random Error.

Instrument Performance Characteristics.

Quality Systems in Analytical Measurements.

UV-Visible Spectrophotometer Systems.

Atomic Spectroscopy.

Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrophotometers.

System Characteristics of Gas Chromatography and High Performance Liquid Chromatography.

High Performance Liquid Chromatography.

Gas Chromatography.

Capillary Electrophoresis.

Mass Spectrometry Systems.


Unwanted Signals: Noise, Drift and Interference.



Radiation Sources.

Radiation Detectors.

Responses to Self-Assessment Questions.


SI Units and Physical Constants.

Periodic Table.

"...aims of the author are to deepen the reader's understanding of performance criteria, for use in purchasing the best instrument, confirming ongoing performance of instruments, and understanding uncertainty in analytical measurements...the book achieves these goals and is a worth addition to the bookshelf of any analytical chemist." (Journal of Chemical Education Vol. 78, No. 1 January 2001)

"This works very well for an area in my opinion often not adequately covered in analyst training" ( 8 February 2002)