|Metal speciation is gaining increasing importance in a wide variety of fields, for example, clinical, environmental, nutritional, industrial, and geochemical applications. It is well understood now that the determination of the chemical form of metals is essential for the correct evaluation of their fate, impact, and ‘risk assessment” in all traditional compartments where inorganic analysis is involved.
In the last 20 years considerable effort has been made by academic, regulation and industrial communities to identify, rationalize, and promote simple and effective analytical procedures that will improve our understanding of metal related issues in the environment, nutrition, hygiene and industry. The aim of this course is to detail the status of metal speciation analysis and will consist of the following topics:
a. Overview of traditional and classical aspects of sampling, extraction and detection of analyte species.
b. Current status of metal species determination strategies (elemental speciation)
c. Identification of the areas of growing demand
d. Review, examination and critically assess major developments in sample collection, preservation, preparation, analyte detection and validation.
e. Description of analytical speciation procedures using examples from environment, nutrition and industrial applications.