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2nd Edition

Environmental Chemical Analysis

ISBN 9780849338380
Published August 10, 2018 by CRC Press
449 Pages 169 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Undergraduate students in environmental science need a foundation in instrumental analysis as much as traditional chemistry majors, but their needs may be quite different. Environmental Chemical Analysis provides an explanation of analytical instrumentation methods for students without a background in analytical chemistry. This second edition features expanded material on sample preparation and quality assurance and control. It also includes new chapters on biological analysis and analysis of environmental particulates. It brings together sampling, sample preparation, and analytical techniques necessary for environmental applications, demonstrated through case studies of actual environmental measurement protocols.

  • Provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of environmental chemical analysis
  • Explains analytical instrumentation methods for students approaching the subject from a different angle
  • Includes two new chapters on biological analysis and analysis of environmental particulates
  • Expands material on sample preparation and quality assurance/quality control
  • Winner of Choice 2019 Outstanding Academic Title Award

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Environmental Measurements

2. Environmental Sampling

3. Spectroscopic Methods

4. Chromatographic Methods

5. Mass Spectrometry

6. Sample Preparation Techniques

7. Chemical Methods

8. Electrochemical Methods

9. Radiochemical Methods

10. Approaches to the Measurement of Biological Pollutants

11. Methods for Air Analysis

12. Methods for Water Analysis

13. Methods for Analysis of Solid Samples

14. Quality Assurance and Quality Control

15. New Classes of Emerging Pollutants: Their Classification, Extractions, and Analysis

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Somenath Mitra is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science. He has published over 125 refereed manuscripts, 7 book chapters, presented over 250 in national and international conferences, nearly a quarter of them are invited lectures, and is the coauthor and editor of two books. He is the co-winner of the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award from Research and Development Council of New Jersey, November 2009.

Pradyot Patnaik, Ph.D., is currently the Director of the Environmental Laboratory of Interstate Environmental Commission at Staten Island, New York and is a researcher at the Center for Environmental Science at City University of New York at Staten Island. Dr Patnaik teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey and at the Community College of Philadelphia. He was formerly the Director of the Special Research Project at the Environmental Testing and Technologies in Westmont, New Jersey, and after that, the Director of Rancocas Environmental Laboratory in Delanco, New Jersey. Earlier Dr. Patnaik was a post-doctoral research scientist at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He had obtained a B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from Utkal University in India and a Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Barbara B. Kebbekus, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, USA.


Environmental Chemical Analysis presents a comprehensive summary of analytical methods and instrumentation in the chemical analysis of pollutants in air, water, and soil. Topics include spectroscopic methods—e.g., UV-visible, atomic absorption, infrared, X-ray fluorescence, and inductively coupled plasma emission—as well as a multitude of chromatographic methods and mass spectrometry. The authors explain these methods in considerable detail with relevant operating equations and formulas, useful for both novices and experienced professionals. Up-to-date examples of pollutants—including radioactive sources—are identified. Flow charts and diagrams of instrument operating principles as well as data tables are well organized and clearly labeled; notations and symbols are clear and consistent. Discussions of sampling methods and storage procedures are also included in some detail to show how they may impact results. An area in which other texts in this field are weak is the distinction between precision and accuracy and the ways each may be calculated and expressed, depending on the nature of the problem. The authors provide numerous solved examples of each statistic, and relevant study questions are included at the end of each chapter. The references included are spare but can be easily supplemented with a simple internet search.

--A. S. Casparian, Community College of Rhode Island, CHOICE, March 2019

Summing Up: Highly recommended. Advanced undergraduates through faculty and professionals.

Winner of the Choice 2019 Outstanding Academic Title Award