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3rd Edition

Trace Environmental Quantitative Analysis
Including Student-Tested Experiments

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ISBN 9780367445331
December 11, 2020 Forthcoming by CRC Press
616 Pages - 400 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A thorough and timely update, this new edition presents principles, techniques and applications in this sub-discipline of analytical chemistry for quantifying traces of potentially toxic organic and inorganic chemical substances found in air, soil, fish and water as well as serum, plasma, urine, and other body fluids. The author addresses regulatory aspects, calibration, verification and the statistical treatment of analytical data including instrument detection limits; quality assurance/quality control; sampling and sample preparation; and techniques that are used to quantify trace concentrations of organic and inorganic chemical substances.

Key Features:

  • Fundamental principles are introduced for the more significant experimental approaches to sample preparation.
  • Principles of instrumental analysis (determinative techniques) for trace organics and trace inorganics analysis.
  • An introduction to the statistical treatment of trace analytical data.
  • How to calculate instrument detection limits based on weighted least squares confidence band calibration statistics.
  • Includes an updated series of student-tested experiments.

Table of Contents

About the Author

About the Contributors


1.      Introduction to Trace Environmental Quantitative Analysis (TEQA)
2.      Calibration, Verification, Statistical treatment of Analytical Data, Detection, Limits of Detection, QA/QC, and Environmental Sampling
3.      Sample Preparation Techniques to Isolate and Recover Trace Organics and Inorganics
4.      Determinative Techniques to Measure and Quantitate Trace Organics and Inorganics 

5.      Student Tested Laboratory Experiments

Appendix A: Glossary

Appendix B:  QA/QC Illustrated

Appendix C:  A Primer on the Basics of Probability and Statistics

Appendix D: QC Environmental-Health TEQA: Levey-Jennings Plots/Westgard Rules

Appendix E: Innovative Sample Prep Flow Charts for TEQA

Appendix F: Quantitating VOCs in Serum: Automated HS-SPME/Cryo/Capillary GC/MS

Appendix G: Using a Pooled Standard Deviation to Find the Uncertainty in the %R for Phenol

Appendix H: Laboratory Glass & Instrument Designs 

Appendix I: Useful Potpourri for Environmental Analytical Chemists

Appendix J:  Contributing authors: What you need to know on a daily basis to operate LC-MS/MS and ICP-MS and successfully conduct TEQA.


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Paul R. Loconto holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry and a M.S. in physical chemistry.  He has published 35 peer-reviewed papers in analytical chemistry and in chemical education. He has given over 40 talks and poster presentations at various workshops, meetings, and conferences. 

After brief stints at the American Cyanamid Co., Stamford, CT and the Dow Chemical Co. Midland, MI, Dr. Loconto taught introductory, environmental, general, and organic chemistry at Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY. After taking a graduate course on separation science at SUNY College at New Paltz, NY in 1979 and after attending his first Pittcon in 1980, and thanks to a sabbatical leave from the college, he pursued and completed a doctorate in analytical chemistry in 1985.  Beginning with a consulting opportunity with a future EPA contract laboratory in 1981, he later joined NANCO Environmental Services in Wappingers Falls, NY as R&D manager in 1986.

In 2001, he joined the Michigan Department of Community Health, Bureau of Laboratories as a Laboratory Scientist Specialist.  Here, in addition to training new employees on how to use GC-MS, GC-MS/MS, GC-AED, SPE, he taught co-workers how to satisfy QA/QC requirements. He focused on developing analytical methods for biomonitoring.  He also conducted trace quantitative analysis in support of the Laboratory Response Network for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

He retired in late 2013 yet continues as a consultant, educator, and writer.