Glossary Term Properties

Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD)

In environmental chemistry, the chemical oxygen demand (COD) is an indicative measure of the amount of oxygen that can be consumed by reactions in a measured solution. It is commonly expressed in mass of oxygen consumed over volume of solution…

Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD)

Biochemical oxygen demand (BOD, also called biological oxygen demand) is the amount of dissolved oxygen needed (i.e., demanded) by aerobic biological organisms to break down organic material present in a given water sample at certain temperature over a specific time…

The Electromagnetic spectrum

The electromagnetic spectrum is the entire range and scope (spectrum) of frequencies of electromagnetic radiation and their respective wavelengths and photon energies. The electromagnetic spectrum extends from below the low frequencies used for modern radio communication to gamma radiation at…

Fourier transform

The Fourier transform decomposes a function of time (a signal) into the frequencies that make it up, in a way similar to how a musical chord can be expressed as the frequencies (or pitches) of its constituent notes. The Fourier…

Spectrophotometry

In chemistry, spectrophotometry is the quantitative measurement of the reflection or transmission properties of a material as a function of wavelength. It is more specific than the general term electromagnetic spectroscopy in that spectrophotometry deals with visible light, near-ultraviolet, and…

Flash Point

Flash Point: The lowest temperature at which a liquid is capable of forming an inflammable vapour with air. It is an important factor to be considered when using, transporting and storing fuels. Below the flashpoint temperature the liquid wll not ignite.…

Beer–Lambert law

The Beer–Lambert law, also known as Beer\’s law, the Lambert–Beer law, or the Beer–Lambert–Bouguer law relates the attenuation of light to the properties of the material through which the light is travelling. The law is commonly applied to chemical analysis…

Flame ionization detector FID

A flame ionization detector (FID) is a scientific instrument that measures the concentration of organic species in a gas stream. It is frequently used as a detector in gas chromatography. Standalone FIDs can also be used in applications such as…

Hydrolysis

Hydrolysis; from Greek hydro-, meaning \’water\’, and lysis, meaning \’to unbind\’) usually means the cleavage of chemical bonds by the addition of water. When a carbohydrate is broken into its component sugar molecules by hydrolysis (e.g. sucrose being broken down…