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Ion Chromatography Applications in Wastewater Analysis

Institute of Environmental Engineering, Polish Academy of Sciences, 41-819 Zabrze, Poland
Separations 2018, 5(1), 16;
Received: 13 November 2017 / Revised: 9 February 2018 / Accepted: 11 February 2018 / Published: 26 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Separation Techniques in Waste Water Treatment)
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Wastewater analysis is an important area in analytical and environmental chemistry. It can be performed with both the classic wet methods and instrumental techniques. The development of new methods, and modification of the existing ones, constitute a major task for researchers. Ion chromatography plays a predominant role in ion determinations with the instrumental methods. It offers several advantages over the conventional methods, such as simultaneous determinations of alkali and alkaline earth cations and ammonia. Ammonium ions cannot be determined by spectroscopic methods. Ion chromatography has been accepted world-wide as a reference method for analyzing anions and cations in water and wastewater due to the fact that it enables the replacement of several individual wet chemistry methods for common ions with one instrumental technique. The following article describes the principles of ion chromatography, such as stationary phases, eluents, detectors, and sample preparation methods. Moreover, the applications of ion chromatography in wastewater analyses and international standards are presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: ion chromatography; wastewater; anions; cations; reference method ion chromatography; wastewater; anions; cations; reference method

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