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4th Edition

Analytical Chemistry for Technicians

ISBN 9780429111402
Published August 13, 2013 by CRC Press
537 Pages

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Book Description

Written as a training manual for chemistry-based laboratory technicians, this thoroughly updated fourth edition of the bestselling Analytical Chemistry for Technicians emphasizes the applied aspects rather than the theoretical ones. The book begins with classical quantitative analysis and follows with a practical approach to the complex world of sophisticated electronic instrumentation commonly used in real-world laboratories. Providing a foundation for the two key qualities—the analytical mindset and a basic understanding of the analytical instrumentation—this book helps prepare individuals for success on the job.

Chapters cover sample preparation; gravimetric analysis; titrimetric analysis; instrumental analysis; spectrochemical methods, such as atomic spectroscopy and UV-Vis and IR molecular spectrometry; chromatographic techniques, including gas chromatography and high-performance liquid chromatography; electroanalytical methods; and more. Incorporating an additional ten years of teaching experience since the publication of the third edition, the author has made significant updates and enhancements to the fourth edition.

  • More than 150 new photographs and either new or reworked drawings spanning every chapter to assist the visual learner
  • A new chapter on mass spectrometry, covering GC-MS, LC-MS, LC-MS-MS, and ICP-MS
  • Thirteen new laboratory experiments
  • An introductory section before chapter 1 to give students a preview of general laboratory considerations, safety, laboratory notebooks, and instrumental analysis
  • Additional end-of-chapter problems, expanded "report"-type questions, and inclusion of relevant section headings in the Questions and Problems sections
  • Application Notes in each chapter
  • An appendix providing a glossary of quality assurance and good laboratory practice (GLP) terms

Table of Contents

Introduction to Analytical Science

Sampling and Sample Preparation

Gravimetric Analysis

Introduction to Titrimetric Analysis

Applications of Titrimetric Analysis

Introduction to Instrumental Analysis

Introduction to Spectrochemical Methods

UV-Vis and IR Molecular Spectrometry

Atomic Spectroscopy

Introduction to Chromatography

Gas Chromatography

High-Performance Liquid Chromatography and Electrophoresis

Mass Spectrometry

Electroanalytical Methods

Miscellaneous Instrumental Techniques

Appendix 1: Formulas for Solution Concentration and Preparation Calculations

Appendix 2: The Language of Quality Assurance and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Laws: A Glossary

Appendix 3: Significant Figure Rules

Appendix 4: Answers to Questions and Problems


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John Kenkel is a chemistry instructor at Southeast Community College (SCC) in Lincoln, Nebraska. Throughout his 36-year career at SCC, he has been directly involved in the education of chemistry-based laboratory technicians in a vocational program. He has also been heavily involved in chemistry-based laboratory technician education on a national level, having served on a number of American Chemical Society (ACS) committees, including the Committee on Technician Activities and the Coordinating Committee for the Voluntary Industry Standards project. Mr. Kenkel has authored several popular textbooks for chemistry-based technician education.


Praise for previous editions:

". . . this book can be a valuable resource for any chemistry student and indeed, for practitioners, laboratory scientists, teachers, and professors-anyone who needs to know something about how laboratory analyses are carried out...Numerous experiments and questions at the end of the chapter illustrate concepts and manipulations taught in that chapter. The accompanying CD-ROM illustrates many of the concepts presented in the book and is designed to reinforce what has been learned. Summing up: Highly Recommended"
—J.A. Siegel, Michigan State University

"[The book has] comprehensive coverage of the analytical techniques students will most likely encounter when entering an industrial position. … [Charts] … provide a quick and useful summary of key ideas."
Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 82, No. 1, January 2005

"It is useful and informative….It is a very good source for many standard chemical test methods not commonly presented in the analytical curriculum."
Physical Sciences Educational Reviews, Vol. 7