Analytical Instrumentation: A Guide to Laboratory, Portable and Miniaturized Instruments


Gillian Mcmahon, School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City, University, Ireland


Analytical Instrumentation – A Guide to Laboratory, Portable and Miniaturized Instruments was developed whilst preparing and teaching a course entitled ‘Instrumentation’. This module is taught to postgraduate students on a Masters in Instrumental Analysis and is an important part of the overall qualification. Analytical instruments have changed rapidly and important part of the overall qualification. Analytical instruments have changed rapidly and dramatically 9in the past two decades. Equipment that was never before seen in a chemistry laboratory is now used routinely. Instruments that were essential ten years ago are now rarely seen. This text informs the reader of analytical instruments available today and dos so from a practical rather than theoretical point of view. Also described are some recent trends in t5eh field such as the development of portable and point-of-care instruments, the significant integration of analytical equipment into industrial processes and the burgeoning area of miniaturization.

Key features

The structure of the book is designed to take the reader from large instruments to small instruments, moving from the more established benchtop equipment to the latest miniature devices. The book is divided into five sections:

  • Section I is a short introduction to analytical instrumentation and the analytical process in general.
  • Section II covers benchtop instruments available to analytical scientists with chapters on each of the following – spectroscopic methods, separation and hyphenated techniques, imaging instrumentation, electrochemical methods and thermal and diffraction techniques.
  • Section III moves into the realm of smaller instruments with a discussion of why there is a drive to make devices more portable and their use in laboratory, medical and environmental applications.
  • Section IV examines process analytical technology, a growth are a is science. Following discussion of in-process sampling and in-process analysis, a number of examples of instruments that are being used for process analytics are presented.
  • Section V tackles the most recent rend in analytical instrumentation, miniaturization, and discusses developments in the field of chip-based and other tiny devices.

This text is pitched at scientists in both academia and industry who would like to know more about available analytical instruments and their capabilities. At university level, the book is relevant to third and final year undergraduate students in the sciences, especially analytical sciences, as well as postgraduates studying science courses where analysis and characterisation of compounds is required. In industry-based laboratories, it will assist researchers working in the pharmaceutical, environmental, food & beverages and healthcare industries where analytical instrumentation is routinely used.


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