Special Issue "Analytical Chemistry of Water"
A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2013)
Prof. Dr. Maria Filomena Camões
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculdade de Ciências de Lisboa Universidade de Lisboa C8, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisbon, Portugal
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Interests: electroanalytical and environmental chemistry: ionic solutions, pH and acidity; potentiometric analysis; ion chromatography; seawater, coastal waters and low ionic strength aqueous solutions; air-water interfaces and exchanges; metrology in analytical chemistry
Water, H2O, the most abundant substance on the Earth’s surface and the only one to be naturally present in all three physical states, solid, liquid and gas, moves continuously through the hydrological cycle and covers more than 70 % of its surface, the reason why the planet is known as the Blue Planet. Water is decisive in terms of climate regulator. Water is the main component of the human body and it is essential for all forms of life. Water is used in almost every industrial process. More than 97% is salty and forms the oceans. The remaining less than 3% is fresh water, but most of it is frozen or, although liquid, it is trapped as ground water. Only 0.014% is readily accessible in lakes, streams and rivers. Water dissolves, to smaller or bigger extent, most substances it contacts with, being often mentioned as a universal solvent. What is usually called “water” is in fact some aqueous mixture, solution or suspension. This makes it difficult to find water with a degree of purity adequate to most uses that Man needs it for. Although drinking water is not necessarily the most demanding use in terms of purity, this is the one people seem to be more sensitive to. The variety and concentration of chemical species in the aquatic systems can be quite diversified, presenting a challenge in terms of both purification strategies and quality control. Water plays an important role in the world economy, its quality being regulated by national and international legislation.
This special issue will compile review articles and recent research focusing on a selection of representative topics pertaining to analytical chemistry of aqueous solutions, some of which are quite emerging issues.
Dr. Maria Filomena Camões
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