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Handbook of Size Exclusion Chromatography and Related Techniques. Second Edition. (Chromatographic Science Series Vol. 91

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Angewandte
Books
Chemie
Handbook of Size Exclusion
Chromatography and Related
Techniques
Second Edition.
(Chromatographic
Science Series, Vol.
91.) By Chi-San Wu.
Marcel Dekker,
Inc., New York
2004. 694 pp.,
hardcover
$ 195.00.—ISBN
0-8247-4710-0
This book deals with the use of chromatographic methods for characterizing
polymers. The “related techniques”
promised in the title are not covered as
adequately as one expects. Although
there are chapters on a few more
exotic methods (continuous mixing
techniques, high osmotic pressure chromatography, and SEC/HDC), one
would also expect to find descriptions
of field flow fractionation (FFF), liquid
chromatography under critical conditions (LCCC), (gradient) liquid adsorption chromatography (LAC), supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC), and
other methods such as TREF and
CRYSTAF. Although some of these
techniques are mentioned in the excellent chapter on two-dimensional (2D)
separations, they deserved to be treated
in more detail. The basic concept of the
book is good, although the relative
emphasis on different aspects is not
always well-balanced.
The first five chapters give a good
introduction to the subject, but the fundamentals are treated rather too briefly,
whereas column types are discussed in
great detail. The chapter on molar
mass detection is very good, and gives
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2004, 43, 5117 – 5118
an excellent overview of the capabilities
and problems of the various types of
detectors. The chapter on copolymers
is also very good. It is difficult to understand why Chapter 21, on light scattering, was not also inserted at this point.
Chapters 6–17 are devoted to applications of size-exclusion chromatography (SEC). However, some of these
chapters are very short and read
almost like instrument manufacturers4
brochures, whereas others are very
detailed and comprehensive, especially
those on asphalt, carbohydrates (cellulose, lignin, and starch glucans), and
small-molecule compounds.
As already mentioned, the chapter
on two-dimensional separations is very
good, but it would have been better to
place it earlier in the book (for example,
after the chapter on SEC of copolymers).
The chapter on high-speed SEC
seems rather out of place here. Perhaps
it would have been better placed in the
first part of the book (after the discussion of column types).
This book must be considered within
the context of several others that have
appeared in the last few years, dealing
with the same general area but emphasizing other aspects (in the Springer
Laboratory Manuals series, Size Exclusion Chromatography and HPLC of
Polymers, and in the ACS Symposium
Series, Volume 731, Chromatography
of Polymers).
To summarize, the book contains
enough new information to be of interest to many users of size-exclusion chromatography.
Bernd Trathnigg
Institut f0r Chemie
Universit2t Graz (Austria)
DOI: 10.1002/anie.200385147
www.angewandte.org
Basic Atomic and Molecular
Spectroscopy
By J. Michael Hollas.
Royal Society of
Chemistry, Cambridge 2002.
184 pp., softcover
£ 12.95.—ISBN
0-85404-667-4
Basic Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy forms part of the Royal Society of
Chemistry4s new Tutorial Chemistry
Texts series, and is intended to complement first- and second-year undergraduate courses. The aims of this, and of the
similar Oxford University Press Primer
series, are to be applauded. The books
are written as teaching texts to help students develop their understanding of
individual topics within chemistry. Students are often very reluctant to purchase textbooks, and the low cost of
these titles will hopefully encourage as
many as possible to use them as part of
a programme of independent study. Furthermore, many students are intimidated by the size and sheer volume of
material included in general textbooks
of physical chemistry; at 184 pages,
Basic Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy is just the right length.
Basic Atomic and Molecular
Spectroscopy fills an important gap.
The material covered makes up an integral part of all chemistry courses, and
there is no directly equivalent book
from any other publisher. The book
includes microwave, infrared, visible,
UV, and Raman techniques, but not
ESR or NMR spectroscopies. It takes a
well-balanced unified approach, showing how the high-resolution techniques
used for the determination of structure
and the low-resolution methods used in
analysis are simply different elements
and applications of a set of common
principles.
The book starts with a description of
the nature of spectroscopy and the electromagnetic spectrum, before introducing the concept of quantization. The
theory of atomic and molecular structure and spectroscopy is then developed,
with individual chapters on rotational,
: 2004 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
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