Profile sections start each chapter and answer the questions “so what?” and “who cares?” to capture student interest from the outset.

Section A: Foundations

  • Profile – A Scenario
  • Profile – Putting It All Together
  • Profile – Establishing a Forensic Protocol

  • Profile – The Brain Initiative and everyday spectroscopy
  • Profile – Erwin Schrödinger
  • Profile – London’s Millennium Bridge
  • Profile – Mass Dampers

  • Profile – The diffraction grating is a key component for many optical instruments
  • Profile – The photoelectric effect shows the particle nature of light
  • Profile – Optics that operate by diffraction- the Fresnel Zone Plate
  • Profile – Innovation and discovery in optics – metamaterials hold promise for the perfect lens, invisibility cloaks, and more

  • ProfileAlessandro Volta
  • Profile – Electronics for a Very Simple Light Sensing Instrument: Voltage Divider Photoresistor circuit
  • Profile – Electronics for an Automatic Titrator: Cascaded Op Amps and the Differentiating Op Amp
  • Profile – Electronics for a Simple Absorption Spectrophotometer: Op Amp Circuit as Current to Voltage Amplifier
  • Profile – What if you need a constant voltage under varying loads? A basic schematic of a potentiostat

  • Profile – Spectroscopy of single molecules?

Section B: Spectroscopy & Spectrometry

  • ProfileJames Clerk Maxwell
  • ProfileHACH DR3900
  • Profile – The Jaz® by Ocean Optics
  • Profile – Walter Hermann Schottky
  • Profile – Building a functional monochromator

  • Profile – The Birth of Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS)
  • Profile – Review of Term Symbols
  • Profile – Lightning over Salty Waters
  • Profile – Nutritional Contents of Breast Milk
  • Profile – AAS Analysis of Oil
  • Profile – Demystifying the Zeeman Effect

  • Profile – Is your $100 bill real? Find out with time-resolved fluorescence
  • Profile – Fluorescence quenching helps with aerodynamics
  • Profile – Fluorescence pushes the limits of detection – single molecule detection and femtomolar concentrations
  • Profile – Using fluorescence to determine concentrations of DNA and RNA

  • Profile – Get the Lead Out
  • Profile – Columbia
  • Profile – The Plasma Torch
  • Profile – Atmospheric MP-AES
  • Profile – LIBS in Space
  • Profile – Visualizing a Plasma

  • Profile – A modern day gold rush.
  • Profile – W. C. Röntgen
  • Profile – Lost Inscriptions
  • Profile – XRF Analysis of a 15th Painting
  • ProfileLost Painting by Vincent van Gogh
  • Profile – Christiaan Huygens
  • Profile – Max Von Laue
  • Profile – Pierre Victor Auger
  • Profile – Henry and Lawrence Bragg

  • Profile – The Future of FTIR
  • Profile – Olive Oil
  • Profile – PZT Ceramics
  • Profile– MCT Detectors

  • Profile – Raman Applications in Art and Medicine
  • Profile – Drug detection using commercial handheld Raman spectrometers
  • Profile – Using Raman spectroscopy to identify compounds from a distance

  • Profile – Puffer MS
  • Profile – J. J. Thomson
  • Profile – John Fenn
  • Profile – TOF-MS in Space
  • Profile – Eugen Goldstein
  • Profile – R. Graham Cooks
  • Profile – 10Be as a Geological Clock
  • Profile – Human Scent Fingerprinting

  • Profile – NMR versus HIV
  • Profile – Felix Bloch
  • Profile – Richard R. Ernst
  • Profile – Angela Gronenborn
  • Profile – MRI and Brain Concussion

Section C: Separation Science

  • ProfileMikhail S. Tswett
  • Profile – Other Applications of Partition Coefficients
  • Profile – The Role of Temperature
  • Profile – Analysis of Wine – Qualitative and Quantitative
  • Profile – LC-MS in Athletic Doping
  • Profile – The Chiral Medicine Cabinet
  • Profile – Ultrahigh Pressure LC
  • Profile – Major Players, the Chromatography Industry

Section D: Electroanalytical Techniques

  • Profile – Handheld water quality probe
  • Profile – The Standard Hydrogen Electrode
  • Profile – Nano-scale pH probe for in-vivo use
  • ProfileConstruction of a Salicylate ISE
  • Profile – The Number of Adults Treated for Diabetes Doubled in a Decade
  • Profile – “Smart” Toilets

  • ProfileBehind Frankenstein
  • Profile – Parsing Method Names
  • Profile – Chronoamperometric Nerve Gas Sensor
  • Profile – VX Probe
  • Profile – Cyclic Voltammetry in a Single C ell
  • Profile – The International Space Station Electronic Tongue

Section E: Additional Topics

  • Profile – Adriaan “Ad” Bax
  • Profile – Albert W. Overhauser
  • Profile – Jean Jeener
  • Profile – G. Marius Clore
  • Profile – Kurt Wuthrich

The introduction to instrumental techniques by introducing the scientists who developed and used the technique in scientific endeavors will enhance students’ attention and interests in studying the technique.
Chul Kim, CSU East Bay
Specific examples using forensic analysis are really attractive to students. They love that and I think instructors do too. Forensic example such as profiling human scent fingerprinting is clear and relevant to today’s students.
Omowunmi Sadik, SUNY Binghamton
[Profiles provide] lots of background information and practical application of various instrumental techniques in our everyday life which might stimulate students’ interests to learn this course.
Jianguo Shao, Midwestern State University