Title: Revision of terminology of separation science
Chairman: Roger M.
Davankov, Jan Åke Jönsson,
and P. Jandera
To revise, up-date and systematize the terminology of separation
science as a unified computer readable compilation and to facilitate
the future updating of the Orange and relevant terms in the Gold book.
The current terminology of separation science as presented in the Orange
Book is essentially a collection of the papers published in the
broad area of terminology by the analytical and clinical divisions over
the last 20 years. They have not been edited since publication and include
a number of duplications, contradictions and outdated or inappropriate
terms. A sequence of subsequent papers has also been published or in
the process of publication by Commission on Separation Methods in Analytical
Chemistry (V.3) and related areas since the Orange book listings were
It is proposed to review the existing Orange book terminology and those
published in subsequent papers and to generate a publication in which
terms are brought together in related groups so that comparisons and
relationships are clear. Underlying the publication will be an electronic
database of definitions of the terminology.
Following discussions with Dr McNaught and Professor Jenkins it is
planned that the database will be closely related to the approach used
in the electronic version of the Gold
book and if at all possible will hyperlink directly to the terms
held in that database so that there is only a single physical (electronic)
location within IUPAC for each term. Any subsequent updating will then
be reflected directly in both publications. The separation methods document
will be designed for internet access and will be fully searchable.
The work may require an enabling paper in PAC to specify terms
whose meaning has been altered or which are no longer recommended -
a cleaning up process.
Because the new version will be a unified list, the original descriptive
papers will no longer be included as such in the publication. The intention
is that this version will replace the electronic version of the current
Orange book chapter on separation methods and will be the basis of any
future paper copy and will directly transferable to electronic publication,
such as a CD.
The concept is that after approval any future terminology in this area
should be designed to be directly added to the database, although supporting
discussion papers could be submitted to PAC. Any terminology
which has been altered, updated or superceded can then be amended directly
to continuously maintain an up-to-date electronic published version.
Because of the impact of this work on other bodies contact has been
made with ASTM and they have indicated their interest in maintaining
coordination and agreement between their terminology and that of IUPAC.
Appropriate cross links could also be included to their databases and
> Nov 2004 report update (pdf
file - 11KB)
> May 2006 - Aspects of terminology for the description of peak
asymmetry in chromatography are included in this project, and as a result
of the merging with project 1999-044-2-500
- report update (pdf
file - 12KB)
> July 2007 report update (pdf
file - 6KB)
Last Update: 16 October 2007