A Century of Separation Science presents an extensive overview of the critical developments in separation science since 1900, covering recent advances in chromatography, electrophoresis, field-flow fractionation, countercurrent chromatography, and supercritical fluid chromatography for high-speed and high-throughput analysis.
Chromatography - the separation technique of the 20th century; Mikhail Semenovich Tswett - the father of modern chromatography; from crushed bricks to microchips; thin layer chromatography; from thin layer chromatography to high performance thin layer chromatography to planar chromatography; the way it was; gas chromatography - a personal retrospective; the evolution of capillary column gas chromatography - a historical overview; forty years of gas chromatography; liquid crystals stationary phases in gas chromatography - a historical prospective; quantitative retention-eluent composition relationships in partition and adsorption chromatography; hollow sticks with mud inside - the technology of HPLC columns; on the way to a general theory of gradient elution; solvent selection for optimal separation in liquid chromatography; my life in separation sciences - study of separation mechanisms.
"[An] immensely rewarding work, which glitters with the sparks of human curiosity, temperament, and genius that has driven the separation science machine at an increasingly furious pace for the past hundred years. … [E]njoyable at several levels. For the separation scientist it is a compilation of highly technical discussion of the major techniques and a valuable reference text. For the science historian it is a collection of histories of development of these methods through the 20th century … ."
- Chemical Heritage, Winter 2004/5