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Bryan's analytical instrumentation page

Alternatively: most likely the closest thing on the WWW to "How to become an analytical chemist" (with apologies to current scientists)

Mostly because there doesn't seem to be anything like this out there- reviewed analysis methods, machines, designs, etc. One of the first problems that comes up when making any thorough review of information is that of organization: what comes first, what comes next? And when is the search ever considered 'over' and all relevant information found? It is odd that the entire area of instrumentation is so under organized; don't chemists have to figure out which methods to use and which not to? Such as a checklist to run through to determine which tools to use in order to better understand some specimen.

* NASA's the Science of Spectroscopy wiki, though there is no metalevel organization to the website (see the immediate mention of NMR spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy rather than any hierarchical or generalizations that encompass all spectroscopic methods).
Encyclopedia of Analytical Instrumentation
Analytical instrumentation links
Association of Official Analytical Chemists
Links for analytical chemists
Introduction to analytical chemistry
Statistics for analytical chemists
Telepresence microscopy project (Nestor J. Zaluzec)
Sampling and analysis methodology resources on the internet (United States Navy's Marine Environmental Support Office)
Some Florida university library's subject guide on analytical chemistry
The Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies Homepage
The American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Analytical chemistry springboard (Knut Irgum)
Society for Applied Spectroscopy- links
Chemistry on the Internet - list of related list-servers
Chemistry databases on the web (chembiogrid.org) (and in alphabetical order)

See also List of materials analysis methods:

--- Also:
Nick, I have looked into Settle's 1997 Handbook of Instrumental Techniques for Analytical Chemists and have extracted a list of techniques and tools that may serve helpful in guiding content to work on: gas chromatography, high performance liquid chromatography, ion chromatography, supercritical fluid chromatography, capillary electrophoresis, planar chromatography, infrared spectrometry (dispersive and Fourier transform), Raman spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry, x-ray spectrometry, atomic absorption spectrometry, inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, atomic fluorescence spectrometry, visible/ultraviolet spectrometry, molecular fluorescence spectrometry, chemiluminescence spectrometry, x-ray fluorescence spectrometry, electron ionization mass spectroscopy, chemical ionization mass spectroscopy, gas chromatography mass spectrometry, fast atom bombardments mass spectroscopy, high-performance liquid chromatography mass spectroscopy, laser mass spectroscopy, amperometric techniques, voltammetric techniques, potentiometric techniques, conductiometric techniques, atomic force microscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, Auger electron spectrometry, x-ray photon electron spectrometry, secondary ion mass spectroscopy, size exclusion chromatography, low-angle laser light scattering, light obscuration particle size techniques, pyrolysis techniques, thermal techniques, mechanical property techniques. Edit: note also that linking over to laboratory glassware is appropriate considering glass is useful medium in which to do chemical reactions. -- kanzure 05:57, 26 May 2007 (UTC)



  • Nature of radiation measured
  • Measurement process
  • Fluoresence spectroscopy
  • Flame spectroscopy - atomic emission spectroscopy, atomic absorption spectroscopy ("AA"), atomic fluoresence spectroscopy,
  • Plasma emission spectroscopy including (1) glow discharge-optical emission spectrometry (GD-OES) and (2) inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) and (3) laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) or sometimes laser-induced plasma spectrometry (LIPS) and (4) microwave-induced plasma (MIP),
  • Spark or arc (emission) spectroscopy,
  • Visible spectroscopy,
  • Ultraviolet spectroscopy,
  • Infrared spectroscopy,
  • Thermal infrared spectroscopy
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

  • Chromatography