Applications of Inorganic Mass Spectrometry / Edition 1

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Mass spectrometry is a powerful analytical technique used to identify unknown compounds, to quantify known materials, and to elucidate the structural and chemical properties of molecules. Inorganic mass spectrometry focuses on the analysis of metals and elements rather than organic compounds. Applications of Inorganic Mass Spectrometry describes developments in mass spectrometric instrumentation, together with applications in metrology, nuclear science, cosmochemistry, geoscience, environmental science, and planetary science.

Divided into two parts, the first part of the book reviews the numerous technological advances that have occurred in mass spectrometry since 1947, a date regarded as the birth of modern mass spectrometry. The second part offers an up-to-date description of the many applications of inorganic mass spectrometry and includes a comprehensive set of references for each application.
It is doubtful that any other analytical instrument has had such a significant impact in so many fields of science as mass spectrometry. Applications of Inorganic Mass Spectrometry provides researchers, scientists, and engineers with an essential reference for this vital science.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"of particular interest for specialists in isotope analysis in geoscience and cosmochemistry." (The Analyst - RSC)

"...describes applications of the imaging technology." (SciTech Book News, Vol. 26, No. 2, June 2002)

"...a reliable vehicle for a fascinating journey through nearly nine decades of progress..." (Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 79, October 2002)

" assessment of the applications of inorganic mass spectrometry..." (Spectroscopy, Vol. 17, No. 12, December 2002)

"...strongly recommended...useful to the generalist in the addition to the specialist..." (The Chemist, Summer 2003)

From The Critics
A textbook for a senior undergraduate or graduate course in inorganic mass spectrometry, and a reference for scientists working in any of the several fields for which De Laeter (physics, Curtin U. of Technology, Western Australia) describes applications of the imaging technology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471345398
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/27/2001
  • Series: Wiley Series on Mass Spectrometry Series, #3
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.67 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN R. de LAETER, PhD, DSc, is Professor Emeritus of Physics in the Department of Applied Physics at the Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia.

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Table of Contents

Series Preface.





Sector Field Mass Spectrometry.

Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry.

Accelerator Mass Spectrometry.

Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry.

Other Mass Spectrometric Techniques.



Reference Materials.

Nuclear Science.



Environmental Science.

Planetary Science.

Materials Science.

Other Applications.

Appendix A: Standard Atomic Weights.

Appendix B: Isotopic Compositions of the Elements.

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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