Submitted to: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/16/2018
Publication Date: 2/18/2018
Citation: Lehotay, S.J. 2018. Xiaonan Lu (Ed.):Sensing techniques for food safety and quality control. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. 410(9)2271-2272. https://doi.org/10.1007/S00216-018-0891-3.
Technical Abstract: In my experience in the food analysis arena, everybody in the field essentially asks analytical chemists for a tricorder from Star Trek. Of course, everybody agrees that a tricorder would be perfect: just aim the handheld device in the direction of the sample for a second, and “Voila!” – everything in the sample becomes known. Despite that many analytical chemists say, “That’s just science fiction,” there are those who respond, “Yes, let’s build one!” This book is written for both groups of analytical chemists, and for everybody else in the food analysis arena who would like a real-world tricorder. Although not all of the sensing techniques covered would work like a tricorder, the book provides theoretical and practical assessments of the presented state-of-the-art techniques both in terms of limitations and possibilities for the future.