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Trace Organic Analysis by Gas Chromatography with Selective Detectors

Environment: Water and Waste

  1. Erwin Rosenberg

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470027318.a0875

Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry

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Rosenberg, E. 2006. Trace Organic Analysis by Gas Chromatography with Selective Detectors. Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry. .

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  1. Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Vienna, Austria

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Selective detectors for gas chromatography (GC) allow one to detect selectively after gas chromatographic separation analytes that either contain certain elements or carry functional groups for which the detector is particularly selective (element-selective detectors). Spectroscopic detectors are a class of selective detectors which, in the ideal case, may even allow the identification of the analytes through acquisition of molecule-specific spectra. Selective detectors often allow the detection, quantitation or identification of analytes even in the presence of complex matrices and may thus significantly improve the selectivity of an analytical method.