As the book develops, Compare and Contrast boxes are strategically placed that allow for a direct comparison of several different instrumental techniques.  This feature was specifically designed to help the student understand the different trade-offs one makes when choosing one technique over another.  When appropriate the compare and contrast feature is presented as a table that allows for direct comparison of such things as resolution, speed of analysis, detection limits, purchase cost, operation cost, maintenance cost, sample preparation time, and destructive vs. non-destructive analysis.  At other times, the compare and contrast feature is presented as a Venn diagram that highlights the similarities and differences in an instrument’s design and/or utility. Students are also prompted to think critically about the similarities and differences as they move from one section to another.

Section A:  Foundations

Chapter 1 – The Analyst’s Toolbox

Compare and Contrast – UV-vis vs. FTIR in Quantitative Analysis

Chapter 2 – Quantum Mechanics of Spectroscopy

Chapter 3 – An Introduction to Optics

Chapter 4 – An Introduction to Instrumental Electronics

Chapter 5 – Signals and Noise: An Introduction to Signal Processing

Section B:  Spectroscopy & Spectrometry

Chapter 6 – Molecular Ultraviolet and Visible Spectroscopy

Compare and Contrast – Single & Dual Beam Spectrometers

Chapter 7 – Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy

Compare and Contrast – Detection Limit Ranges

Chapter 8 – Luminescence Spectroscopy

Chapter 9 – Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (AES)

Compare and Contrast – FAAS, GFAAS & ICP-AES

Chapter 10 – X-Ray Related Techniques

Compare and Contrast – Optical Absorption vs. Photoelectric Absorption

Compare and Contrast – AAS, AES & XRF

Compare and Contrast – XRF, XPS & AES

Chapter 11 – Infrared Spectroscopy

Compare and Contrast – UV-vis versus FTIR in Quantitative & Qualitative Analysis

Chapter 12 – Raman Spectroscopy

Compare and Contrast – A side-by-side evaluation of FTIR and Raman spectroscopy

Chapter 13 – Mass Spectrometry

Compare and Contrast – Elemental Methods

Chapter 14 – An Introduction to Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Compare and Contrast – Population distribution for common spectroscopic methods

Section C:  Separation Science

Chapter 15 – Liquid Chromatography

Chapter 16 – Gas Chromatography

Chapter 17 – Electrophoresis

Compare and Contrast – A look back at four different separation techniques

Section D:  Electroanalytical Techniques

Chapter 18 – Potentiometry & Probes

Chapter 19 – Analytical Voltammetry

Section E:  Additional Topics

Chapter 20 – Material and Surface Analysis Techniques

Compare and Contrast – Resolutions for different microscopy techniques

Compare and Contrast – DTA, TGA, & DSC

Chapter 21 – Advanced Topics in NMR: Understanding the NMR Experiment

Chapter 22 – Statistical Data Analysis

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“I have never seen such concise and easy-to-understand exposition on principles of Raman spectroscopy.”
Chul Kim, California State University East Bay

[Chapter 8] provides excellent coverage of the theoretical background, instrumentation for fluorescence and phosphorescence spectroscopies. Particularly in conjunction with the quantum mechanics of chapter 2, the theoretical description is clear and understandable.
Jeremiah Duncan, Plymouth State University