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Techniques & Tools Sample Preparation

Putting Sample Prep Centerstage

Sample preparation has achieved exceptional progress over the past few decades; we’ve seen the introduction of powerful technologies, advances in fundamental knowledge, and a plethora of breakthrough applications. However, enthusiasm for sample preparation is not necessarily shared by all members of the analytical chemistry community – let alone other scientific disciplines.

The idea that sample preparation is an “art” and not a “science” or that the discipline relies on application-driven research remains well-entrenched in the minds of many academics and non-academics. Indeed, sample preparation scientists have, on the whole, done a poor job of communicating contemporary advances and celebrating the successes of the field. There has been a lack of communication with external platforms, and an absence of credible and influential voices to articulate sample preparation’s importance and contributions.

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About the Authors

Stig Pedersen-Bjergaard

School of Pharmacy, University of Oslo, Norway, and Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


Elia Psillakis

Head of the EuChemS-DAC Sample Preparation Task Force and Network, Technical University of Crete, Greece.


Manuel Miró

Core Member of the EuChemS-DAC Sample Preparation Task Force, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain.

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