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Abstract Volume 10 Issue 3 (2005) pp 190-192

Qualitative and Quantitative Anion Analysis of Drinking Water by Ion Chromatography

Neal Phillip,* Thomas Brennan, and Panayiotis Meleties

Department of Chemistry, Bronx Community College of the City University of New York, Bronx NY, 10453,
Received January 24, 2005. Accepted March 9, 2005.

Published online: 23 May 2005

Abstract. Ion chromatography is employed in the analysis of commercial samples of drinking water. In this laboratory experiment, third-semester chemistry and science students expand their understanding of the qualitative- and quantitative-analysis concepts introduced during the first-year general chemistry course sequence. The experiment is of interest to students because of its direct relevance to their lives and to the environment. Furthermore, it provides students with the opportunity to gain experience in current analytical methods and on state-of-the-art-instruments.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; analytical chemistry; drinking water; bottled water; ion chromatography; anion analysis; fluoride; chloride; nitrite; bromide; nitrate; phosphate; sulfate

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Issue date: June 1, 2005x

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