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Agilent Technologies publishes 2nd Edition of its Handbook of Hyphenated ICP-MS Applications


Without doubt, speciation analysis has found its rightful place as a valuable methodology within the toolbox of analytical science. The enhanced information value provided by speciation analysis compared to classical elemental analysis is not only of academic interest, but is most often the key to answering important questions about health risks, or more generally, biological activity, as well as environmental cycling of elements and fate of pollutants or to unravel complex metabolic pathways. Indeed, this list is by no means complete and could be extended, since most questions related to chemistry are not related to elements but to the chemical compounds which they comprise. Over the last two decades, the development of speciation methodology has been driven forward to a great extent by hyphenated techniques using ICP-MS as a detection system. The main reason for this success story is the ease of interfacing the different separation techniques to the ICP-MS, the wide range of accessible elements and the detection power provided by ICP-MS. While today speciation analysis is well established within the area of research, its routine application in the general field of testing and analysis is still in development. The complexity of instrumentation, but even more, the complexity of the chemistry involved are the biggest obstacles on the way to the standardization of methods. Therefore, the transfer of know-how from research towards the field of application plays a major role for the further development of this valuable tool. This handbook for speciation analysis aims at overcoming such obstacles by providing a broad collection of proven methods that can be applied for a specific task but also may provide guidance and inspiration to address other speciation-related topics.
Michael Sperling

See the electronic version of the handbook (this version will be a living document, which will be updated in real time with actual applications. Also you can download a PDF version from this site !)

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