three articles discuss tensammetry in combination with adsorptive accumulation of surface-active compounds on the electrode surface (Kalvoda), analytical applications of immiscible electrolyte interfaces (Mare2ek) and the impedance of small Li-CuO primary cells (Leek et al.). A subject index is included. The main subject of the book was (and remains) very timely, and much of the text provides a useful guide to work in the area of electrochemical detection. Thus, unlike many conference proceedings, which are merely a memory of an enjoyable meeting, this book fulfils a useful educational function. The presentation, too, is consistently good.
Bruno Sansoni (Ed.), Instrumentelle Multielementanalyse. VCH, Weinheim, xviii + 782 pp. Price DM 160. 1985 (ISBN 3-527-26225-3). This book has been written around the papers presented at a symposium on instrumental multielement analysis held at Jiilich in April, 1984. There are 90 papers reproduced from camera-ready copy. The first four are introductory articles. One (Sansoni) covers generalities and comparisons (54 pp.), the others (Morrison, Laqua and Ohls) describe selected opportunities, multielement capabilities and routine applications, respectively. The remaining papers cover a wide range of subjects (applications, techniques - most spectroscopic techniques are covered - standards, data processing, etc.). Almost 50% of the text is in English, the remainder in German, as might be expected from the preponderance of German authors, although there is a fair sprinkling of other Europeans. The presentation of the book is good, and the editor has taken pains to ensure that it is more than just a record of a successful symposium. There are subject and technique indexes, extensive compilations of acronyms, photographs of apparatus and details of suppliers. Whether this is the best way to present an account of modern multielement analysis is open to question, but to the practitioner in this field, it does provide a timely account of the state of the art, at a relatively low price per page. Curt M. White (Ed.), Nitrated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons. Hiithig, Heidelberg, 1985 (ISBN 3-7785-1029-o). xii + 376 pp. Price DM 128. It is an indication of the growing awareness of scientists of the environmental significance of nitrated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that this substantial monograph can be devoted entirely to them. It includes contributions by a number of authors on analytical aspects (gas, liquid and thin-layer chromatography, chromatographic detectors, and mass spectrometry) including sampling of atmospheric particulate& Other chapters deal with synthesis of the compounds (including labelled species) and the characterization of the
products, and with their mutagenic and carcinogenic effects. The book concludes with a data collection (m.p., b.p., dipole moment, references to spectroscopic information, CAS numbers) and a subject index. The information provided is very detailed, but the book presents a very readable, up-todate and comprehensive account of the subject. It should be available in all laboratories where air pollution is studied, and the information it contains will not be without relevance to analyses for other, similar pollutants. K. L. Kompa and J. Wanner (Eds.), Laser Applications in Chemistry. Plenum Press, New York, 1984 (ISBN-0-306-41622-O). ix + 273 pp. Price $45.00. This is a collection of papers presented at the NATO Advanced Study Institute at Pisa in 1982. It has four main themes, one of which is “laser applications to analytical chemistry”. Of the five short articles in this section, four are by J. C. Wright, on absorption (9 pp.), fluorescence (7 pp.), multiphoton ionization (5 pp.) and coherent non-linear spectroscopic techniques (7 pp.). The other paper is about laser measurements of trace gases in the atmosphere and laboratory (12 pp.). The other themes are “laser and related light sources” (4 papers), “spectroscopic and dynamic studies” (14 papers) and “approaches to laser synthesis” (4 papers). Many of the articles they contain could be analytically relevant. The book concludes with a list of the participants and a subject index. E. Pungor and I. Buzds (Eds.), Ion-selective Electrodes, 4. (Analytical ChemSeries, Vol. 22). Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1985 (ISBN O-44499553-6). xvi + 766 pp.
This volume contains a comprehensive account of the proceedings of the fourth international symposium on ion-selective electrodes, held at Matrafiired, Hungary in October, 1984. The proceedings focussed on theoretical aspects of the subject, but practical applications were also covered. Fifty-one plenary, keynote and discussion lectures are presented, together with questions and comments for several papers. Publication is from camera-ready copy but the text and figures are generally very clear. The subjects of the four plenary lectures presented were: chemical sensor mechanisms (R. P. Buck), polarization studies with ion-selective electrodes (K. Cammann and G. A. Rechnitz), flow analysis using ion-selective liquid membrane electrodes (N. Ishibashi et al.) and clinical applications of polymer membrane ion-selective electrodes (U. Oesch et al.). Other presentations covered a broad spectrum of ion-selective electrode theory and applications, including papers on chemically modified electrodes and chemically sensitive field effect transistors. This would, therefore, be a useful up-date volume for those working in the area of ion-selective electrodes. P. J. Worsfold