Comparison of methods for analysis of Magnesium

A comparison of methods for analysis of Magnesium

You are to write a short critical review of the comparison of, and recent developments in, the analytical methods for Magnesium and its species.

You must choose maximum six papers and published in 2010 and 2011

a? Given topics should review developments in 2010 and 2011.
a? Articles should cover the most interesting/significant developments in the area.
a? The articles should be highly critical and selective in referencing published work.
a? A small amount of speculation (one or two paragraphs) of possible future developments will be appropriate in the Conclusions section.
a? Articles should be brief, around 10 typed A4 pages or 6000 words plus figures.

About 40% of your article should review the requirements for the analysis of the element. That is type of sample and appropriate methods for each type of sample and speciation of analyte.

For the remainder of the report you should concentrate on recent developments and areas of interest. This should include a survey of methods used and types of sample in all papers published. (This information should be available from Analytical Abstracts and can be presented in bar chart form with some related comments a 10%.) Then you will need to critically discuss recent developments in all the methods. This will involve looking in detail at some papers but your comments should be a critical and reasoned review rather than experimental details from the papers for which no credit will be given. (These papers must cover a range of different techniques and problems. You must justify the choice and place them in the context of all possible analytical methods. a 40%)

The following is a typical outline although the actual emphasis will vary with the element (Magnesium )

Introduction (40%)

Chemistry of magnesium : oxidation states, organic species. Levels in different types of sample geological, environmental, foodstuffs, physiological etc. Problems with particular types of samples.

Review all methods in context of above comments. Should include as a minimum all types of methods covered in the lectures. Discuss advantages and disadvantages of each rather than experimental details.

Recent developments (50%)

Review of methods used and types of samples investigated with identification of particular problems and developments.
Specific developments in the methods. For each paper, discuss the particular advance by relating to other work. Critically discuss the method by comparing with all other methods. What is important here is your input rather than repeating data from the paper.

Conclusions (10%)

What developments you expect to see or you think might be needed in the future. This should follow on from the above section.


You must choose maximum six papers and published in 2010 and 2011