Analytical chemistry

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Analytical chemistry is the study of the separation, identification, and quantification of the chemical components of natural and artificial materials. Qualitative analysis gives an indication of the identity of the chemical species in the sample, and quantitative analysis determines the amount of certain components in the substance. The separation of components is often performed prior to analysis.


  • Analytical chemistry is extremely important—probably even more important than analytical chemists think. Everything in science requires measurement; analytical chemists are experts in the science of measurement, not just in determining the structures of molecules and the compositions of mixtures of molecules.
    • George M. Whitesides, "Is the Focus on “Molecules” Obsolete?", Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry (2013)

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