Instrumental Analysis provides a rigorous, modern, and engaging coverage of chemical instrumentation, written with the undergraduate student in mind. At its core, Instrumental Analysis includes the underlying theory, instrumental design, applications and operation of spectroscopic, electroanalytical, chromatographic, and mass spectral instrumentation. Also included is a discussion of surface imaging, thermal analysis, modern statistical tools, and signal processing.
In order to give the student the requisite skill in identifying the comparative advantages and disadvantages in choosing one analytical technique over another, this textbook includes direct comparisons between the differing analytical techniques with a discussion of how these choices affect the interpretation of the data in its final form. Additionally, today’s analyst must understand the trade-offs resulting from the advancements in the miniaturization of electronics. Many manufacturers of chemical instrumentation now provide “labs-in-a-box”, field kits, and hand-held sensors whose predecessors would have filled entire laboratories in the past. These portable instruments provide fast, on-site analysis, often with minimal sample preparation and waste, however, in some cases at the expense of data quality. When appropriate, we make side-by-side comparisons between the bench-top and portable version of modern analytical instrumentation.