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The authors have performed a valuable service to analytical chemistry by combining in a single volume a large portion of the information available in the literature and at the author's laboratory on the application of the Karl Fischer reagent to quantitative analyses involving water. The Karl Fischer reagent is a solution of iodine, pyridine and sulfur dioxide in methanol. It is the basis of one of the most rapid titrimetric procedures available for the determination of any quantity of water in organic and inorganic materials.
Part I of the book considers the determination of water in various organic and inorganic materials. The method is especially valuable when the system contains nonaqueous volatile components or when a component decomposes on heating.
Part II deals with the quantitative determination of organic functional groups which can enter into reactions involving the liberation or consumption of water. The following is a partial list of
Chemical Analysis: A Series of Monographs on Analytical Chemistry and Its Applications. JAMA. 1949;140(3):366. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900380106034
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