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Groundwater science and policy: An international overview 

Philippe Quevauviller 

Cambridge, UK: RSC Publishing 2008 | 754pp | ?120.00(HB) ISBN 9780854042944 

Summarising research and development projects in groundwater science resulting from projects funded under the 5th and 6th EU framework programmes, this book contains a wealth of information on groundwater from scientific and policy perspectives. 

Nanomaterials chemistry 

C N R Rao, A Muller and A K Cheetham 

Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH 2007 | 420pp | ?95.00 (HB) ISBN 9783527316649 

This book covers the whole spectrum of nanomaterials science, from theory, synthesis, properties and characterisation to application, including such developments as quantum dots, nanoparticles, nanoporous materials, nanowires and nanotubes.  

Renewable resources and renewable energy: A global challenge 

M Graziani and P Fornasiero 

Boca Raton, US: CRC Press 2007 | 384pp | ?139.95 (HB) ISBN 139780849396892 

A perspective on the development of bio-based feedstocks, biodegradable plastics, hydrogen energy, fuel cells, and other aspects related to renewable resources and sustainable energy production.  

Analysis of drug impurities 

Richard J Smith and Michael Webb 

Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing 2007 | 288pp | ?99.50 (HB) ISBN 9781405133586 

A key component of the overall quality of a pharmaceutical is control of impurities, as their presence, even in small amounts, may affect drug safety and efficacy. 

Written for both practising and student analytical chemists, Analysis of drug impurities  provides an overview of the challenges and the techniques available to permit accurate identification and quantification of drug impurities.