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December 2002
Focus: Sample Preparation

Be (un)Prepared (199 KB PDF)
Instruments that automate sample preparation, or eliminate it entirely, take trace element analysis everywhere from crime scenes to archaeological digs.
Nancy K. McGuire

Carbon Electronics (136 KB PDF)
Organic transistors are on their way to forging a low-cost, lightweight, and bendable electronic future.
David Filmore



For Openers
Our Holiday Best to You
(137 KB PDF)

Letters (102 KB PDF)
Feedback from our readers

Update (102 KB PDF)
SciTECH Briefs and Business Bits

Instruments & Applications
The Latest Buzz on Gas Separation
(86 KB PDF)
Researchers have found a way to separate gas mixtures using acoustic waves.
Nancy K. McGuire

Workplace Perspectives
Consider Consulting
(84 KB PDF)
Many chemists find independent work an attractive source of supplemental income.
John K. Borchardt

Industry Facts & Figures
Analytical Lasers Shine
(57 KB PDF)
Rising biomedical applications and semiconductor “pumps” are contributing to growth in the laser market.
David Filmore

Separations on the Micro Level (41 KB PDF)
HPCE 2003 comes to San Diego.

Personal Business
Read the Fine Print
(65 KB PDF)
The words in small type may come back to haunt you.
Milton Zall

Chemistry Chronicles
Embalming: A “Living” Rite
(63 KB PDF)
From natron to formaldehyde, preserving bodies has been a chemical undertaking.
Harold T. McKone

Crossword Puzzle
Mother Goose and Mr. Dickens
(44 KB PDF)
Mark S. Lesney

Crossword Puzzle Solution (HTML)

The Chemist’s Bookshelf
“Cookbook” Chemistry
(55 KB PDF)
Randall C. Willis

Product Information (89 KB PDF)
New products, literature, and websites

Lighter Elements (48 KB PDF)
Humorous tales from readers and other sources . . . plus a cartoon.

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ISSN 1532-4494
Copyright © 2002 American Chemical Society