An invaluable reference for any chromatographer and analytical chemist, it provides all the answers to questions like:
∗ At what temperature does a solute elute in a temperature–programmed analysis?
∗ How large is the retention factor of eluting solute?
∗ How wide are the peaks?
∗ How large is the time distance between two peaks?
∗ Which parameters affect the reversal of the peak elution order?
∗ How do all these factors depend on the heating rate?
The use of dimensionless heating rate makes the answers to these questions equally valid for all practical column dimensions, carrier gases and flow rates.
PART I: Introduction
BASIC CONCEPTS AND TERMS
Specific and General Properties of a Column
PART II: Background
Problem Review: Metrics for Peak Retention Time and Width
Chromatograph as an Information Processing System
Properties of Linear Systems
Mathematical Moments of Functions
Properties of Mathematical Moments
MIGRATION OF A SOLID OBJECT
Velocity of an Object
Parameters of Migration Path
Relations between Path Parameters and Object Parameters
SOLUTE–LIQUID INTERACTION IN GAS CHROMATOGRAPHY
Distribution Constant and Retention Factor
Chromatographic Parameters of Solute–Liquid Interaction
Alternative Expressions of Ideal Retention Model
Linearized Retention Model
Relations between Characteristic Parameters
MOLECULAR PROPERTIES OF IDEAL GAS
Gas Viscosity and Related Parameters –
Empirical Formulae for Solute Diffusity in a Gas
FLOW OF IDEAL GAS
Relations Between Pneumatic Parameters
PART III: Formation of Chromatogram
FORMATION OF RETENTION TIMES
Solute–Column Interaction and Solute Migration
General Equations of a Solute Migration and Elution
Uniform Solute Mobility in Isobaric Analysis
Scalability of Retention Times in Isobaric Analyses
Boundaries of Linearized Model
FORMATION OF PEAK SPACING
Static GC Analysis
Closely Migrating Solutes in Dynamic Analysis
Isobaric Linear Heating Ramp and Highly Interactive Solutes
Properties of Generic Solutes
FORMATION OF PEAK WIDTHS
Local Plate Height
Solute Zone in Non–Uniform Medium
Apparent Plate Number and Height
Thin Film Columns
Thick Film Columns
Temperature–Programmed Thin Film Columns
Scalability of Peak Widths in Isobaric Analyses
Plate Height: Evolution of the Concept
Incorrect Plate Height Theory
It best serves as a reference book on GC theory and, at that, it probably is the best one out there. I expect I will continue to use this book for many, many years to come and I recommend it to anyone using GC for anything more than the simplest of purposes. (Journal of Chemical Education, 18 November 2012)