REAGENT CHEMICALS : Specifications and Procedures for Reagents and Standard-Grade Reference Materials, Eleventh edition, Edited by Paul Bouis

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Reagent Chemicals :
Specifications and Procedures for Reagents and Standard-Grade Reference Materials,

Eleventh edition, 

Edited by Paul Bouis

Hardcover,  Published: 29 January 2016

856 Pages | 30

6 x 9 inches

  • Sets purity specifications for almost 500 reagent chemicals and over 500 standard-grade reference materials
  • Contains a "Standard-Grade Reference Materials" section
  • Provides general physical properties and analytical uses for all reagent chemicals

New to this Edition:

  • Safety, accuracy, and ease of use in specifications for 70 of the 430 listed reagents have been improved
  • 7 new reagents have been added to the eleventh edition
  • Testing methods have changed, including the heavy metals test method and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS)


The American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on Analytical Reagents sets the specifications for most chemicals used in analytical testing. Currently, the ACS is the only organization in the world that sets requirements and develops validated methods for determining the purity of reagent chemicals. These specifications have also become the de facto standards for chemicals used in many high-purity applications. Publications and organizations that set specifications or promulgate analytical testing methods-such as the United States Pharmacopeia and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-specify that ACS reagent-grade purity be used in their test procedures.

The Eleventh Edition incorporates the "supplements" accumulated over the past eight years, removes some obsolete test methods, improves instructions for many existing ones, and also introduces some new methods. Overall, the safety, accuracy, or ease of use in specifications for about 70 of the 430 listed reagents has been improved, and seven new reagents have been added.


Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction and Definitions

Classical Methods of Analysis
Interpretation of Specifications
Validation of Analytical Methods
Method Detection Limits
Other Considerations

Part 2: Analytical Procedures and General Directions

Gravimetric Methods
Titrimetric Methods
Colorimetry and Turbidimetry
Measurement of Physical Properties
Direct Electrometric Methods
Trace and Ultratrace Elemental Analysis
Infrared Spectroscopy

Part 3: Solutions and Mixtures Used in Tests

Reagents, Buffers, and Indicators
Control, Standard, and Stock Solutions
Volumetric Solutions

Part 4: Monographs for Reagent Chemicals

Part 5: Monographs for Standard-Grade
Reference Materials

Part 6: Lists and Indexes



Author Information

Paul A. Bouis has served as the chair of the ACS Reagent Chemicals Committee since 1992. He received his PhD from University of Tennessee-Knoxville.


Paul A. Bouis, Chair,

Subhra Battacharva, Thomas J. Mancuso, Michael Bolgar, Nelly Mateeva, Eric Bosch, Loren C. McBride, Rajendra V. Mehta, Russ Cooper, John R. Moody, Jaime Cote, Mary Beth O'Donnell, Kishor D. Desai, Richard Petroski, Louis DuPont, Lyle Phifer, James Francis, Nancy S. Simon, Kenneth J. Herwehe, Vanaja Sivakumar,
Jack Hubball, Robert Thomas, Michael Jeitziner, Shyam Verma, Robert Kramer, Thomas Tyner, Huifang Lang, Al Verstuyfte, Avrom Littin, Charles M. Wilson, Donald MacLean, Wayne Wolsey

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