The role of analytical chemistry within the broader discipline of chemistry has been discussed by many prominent analytical chemists; several notable examples are listed here.
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For additional discussion of clinical assays based on paper-based microfluidic devices, see the following papers.
- Ellerbee, A. K.; Phillips, S. T.; Siegel, A. C.; Mirica, K. A.; Martinez, A. W.; Striehl, P.; Jain, N.; Prentiss, M.; Whitesides, G. M. “Quantifying Colorimetric Assays in Paper-Based Microfluidic Devices by Measuring the Transmission of Light Through Paper,” Anal. Chem. 2009, 81, 8447–8452.
- Martinez, A. W.; Phillips, S. T.; Whitesides, G. M. “Diagnostics for the Developing World: Microfluidic Paper-Based Analytical Devices,” Anal. Chem. 2010, 82, 3–10.
This textbook provides one introduction to the discipline of analytical chemistry. There are other textbooks for introductory courses in analytical chemistry and you may find it useful to consult them when you encounter a difficult concept; often a fresh perspective will help crystallize your understanding. The textbooks listed here are excellent resources.
- Enke, C. The Art and Science of Chemical Analysis, Wiley: New York.
- Christian, G. D.; Dasgupta, P, K.; Schug; K. A. Analytical Chemistry, Wiley: New York.
- Harris, D. Quantitative Chemical Analysis, W. H. Freeman and Company: New York.
- Kellner, R.; Mermet, J.-M.; Otto, M.; Valcárcel, M.; Widmer, H. M. Analytical Chemistry, Wiley- VCH: Weinheim, Germany.
- Rubinson, J. F.; Rubinson, K. A. Contemporary Chemical Analysis, Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ.
- Skoog, D. A.; West, D. M.; Holler, F. J. Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry, Saunders: Philadelphia.
To explore the practice of modern analytical chemistry there is no better resource than the primary literature. The following journals publish broadly in the area of analytical chemistry.