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Chemical Speciation in the Environment, 2nd Edition

Chemical Speciation in the Environment, 2nd Edition

A. M. Ure (Editor), C. M. Davidson (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-14730-9

Apr 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

480 pages



Considerable recent research has focused on the topic of chemical speciation in the environment. It is increasingly realised that the distribution, mobility and biological availability of chemical elements depend not simply on their concentrations but, critically, on the forms in which they occur in natural systems. Continuing developments in analytical chemistry have made speciation practicable even where analytes are present at trace levels (as is often the case in natural samples).

In the second edition of this book, the expertise of scientists involved in chemical speciation in various fields have been brought together to provide an overview of the current status of speciation science and indicate how the field may develop in the future.

List of Contributors.


1. Introduction (A.M. Ure and C.M. Davidson).


2. General Strategies for Speciation (Late W.F. Pickering).

3. Direct Methods of Metal Speciation (B.A. Goodman and S.M. Glidewell).

4. Hybrid Methods of Speciation (G.M. Greenway).

5. Predicting Chemical Speciation and Computer Simulation (D.G. Lumsdon and L.J. Evans).

6. Quality Control in Speciation Studies for Environmental Monitoring (ph. Quevauviller).

PART II: Speciation in Compartments of the Environment.

7. Speciation of Metals in the Atmosphere (L.J. Spokes and T.D. Jickells).

8. Speciation in Freshwaters (M. Filella, R.M. Town and J. Buffle).

9. Speciation in Soils (G.S.P. Ritchie and G. Sposito).

10. Chemical Speciation in Soils and Related Materials by Selective Chemical Extraction (A.M. Ure and C.M. Davidson).

11. Speciation of Trace Metals in Sediments (M. Kersten).

12. Speciation in Seawater (R.H. Byrne).

13. Speciation of Radionuclides (B.R. Harvey and K.S. Leonard).

14. Speciation of Metals and Metalloids in Biological Systems (P.H.E. Gardiner).

15. Trends and Developments (R.R. Barefoot).


"...this book is highly recommended for a broader scientific readership. It should not only find its place on the bookshelf of analytical chemists and 'speciation researchers' but can also serve as an excellent source of information for environmental scientists outside the specialised community." - Journal of Environmental Monitoring
* interest in speciation has grown greatly since the publication of the first edition in 1995
* a range of new techniques has developed for identifying and quantifying species in a range of materials
* relevant to chemists, biochemists, physicists, geochemists, water and soil scientists with an interest in the environment. * should also serve as a source book for statutory authorities and legislators charged with monitoring, protecting or remediating the environment.
* three new chapters have been added to provide coverage of the topics of quality control, the marine environment and soil extraction