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Handbook of Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometry.

Handbook of Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometry By M. Thompson and J.N. Walsh ((Blackie (Glasgow) and Routledge Chapman and Hall (New York)) 310 pp 1989 US $114.50. This is the second edition of the book. Included in this edition are invited contributions by G.E.M. Hall (GSC Ottawa) and S.J. Walton (ARL UK). The text has been extensively revised. In particular Chapter 3 (Instrumentation) has been completely rewritten to reflect technological advances since the first edition. Preconcentration and chemical treatments are more fully covered. New chapters on ICPMS and the analysis of archaeological materials have been added.

The book is very strangley organized and contains, in order, the following chapters: analytical characteristics (of ICP's), instrumentation for ICPAES, Silicate rock analysis, multielement applications of ICP's (AES) in applied geochemistry, gas phase sample injection, injection methods for solid samples, waste analysis by ICPAES, analysis of environmental materials by ICAPES, the analysis of archaeological samples by ICAPES, inductively couples plasma mass spectrometry and analysis of metals by ICPAES.

The chapter on ICPMS is the only place where this subject appears in the book and no attempt has been made to integrate analysis procedures, using ICPMS, into the appropriate chapters.

The chemical analysis of samples chapters generally contain the following, introduction, discussions of problems (interferences, difficulties in sample preparation, strategies for sample preparation and treatment, followed by an actual step-by-step procedure.

The authors state the book "will provide an introduction to ICP spectrometry for those using the technique in routine analytical applications. Their hope is that the book will be a lab manual and general reference text. In this reviewer's opinion, there is much useful material contained throughout the book. However, its organization both chapter by chapter and within the chapters makes it difficult to follow as a lab manual and as a general reference. Jon Van Loon, MCIC University of Toronto
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Author:Van Loon, Jon
Publication:Canadian Chemical News
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jul 1, 1989
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