Hyphenated analysis methods: Past and future

by Wilkins, Charles L.

With the introduction of relatively inexpensive lab. computers in the 1960s, scientists became interested in the potential for linking diverse anal. instruments under computer control. Such a development was intended to provide two advantages. The most obvious advantage is the increased anal. information provided by such linkages, a second advantage is the much improved anal. throughput that could be anticipated. The late Tomas Hirschfeld focused attention on such possibilities in a 1980 article in which he considered a 14 x 14 matrix on anal. methods, categorizing them as "presently successful", "feasible" or "requiring further invention"[1]. Subsequently, Wilkins briefly reviewed the status of implementation efforts, noting that there had been limited progress in the years since Hirshfeld's article[2]. However, analyses employing three or more dimensions had begun to emerge. In this talk, the continued progress of Hyphenated Anal. Systems will be reviewed with emphasis on the most recent developments.