Monday 28 June 2010

Teaching resource for AAS

Teaching material resource made available for high resolution continuum source AAS

Recognising the emergence of High Resolution Continuum Source Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (HRCS AAS) into a fully established AAS technique, Analytik Jena has produced a comprehensive package of teaching material for use in higher education. This free resource includes fundamental information, Powerpoint® presentations, videos, two poster presentations and more than 30 reprints from learned journals covering the use of the technique.
It is available from Vince Phelan at Analytik Jena UK.

The HRCS AAS technique was originally developed and patented at the Institute of Analytical Sciences in Berlin, (D) and commercialised by Analytik Jena. A comprehensive 65 page full colour booklet entitled ‘Fundamentals – Instruments and Techniques of Atomic Absorption Spectrometry’ covers the principles and construction of all types of atomic absorption spectrometry, including HRCS AAS, as well as factors that influence the performance and results obtained from different types of instrument.

Powerpoint® presentations in the teaching resource cover the fundamentals and principles of HRCS AAS as well as some HRCS AAS flame applications, such as the determination of trace elements in tungsten, the determination of impurities in Co ore concentrate and the determination of 7 elements in molasses. A video showing the optical path in HRCS AAS is also included.

One of the key messages of this teaching resource is that HRCS AAS is now a well-established technique. This is backed by the inclusion of copies of over 30 papers published over the last 10 years. Papers featuring the HRCS AAS technique have been published in journals including Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Analytica Chimica Acta, Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, Journal of Brazilian Chemical Society, Microchemical Journal, Microchimica Acta, Spectrochimica Acta Part B and Talanta, and come from disciplines as varied as oil, coal, biology, food and drink.

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