Chemistry and Biochemistry



Analytical chemists develop methods and tools for detection and identification (qualitative analysis) and/or determination of the amounts (quantitative analysis) of the chemical constituents of a sample or system. Since science, in general, relies on quantitative measurements, it is appropriate that the discipline of chemistry have its own branch of specialists that are concerned with qualitative and quantitative measurements of chemicals. Analytical chemists are needed in wide-ranging industrial, government, and academic arenas, involving such things as environmental pollution evaluation and control, clinical chemistry, pharmaceutical development, synthetic chemistry, forensic analysis (e.g., drugs, explosives, and arson detection), and homeland defense (e.g., chemical and biological warfare agent detection), to name a few.

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Daniel E. Austin


Austin Lab Group My group explores novel instrumentation and applications based on mass spectrometry. There is significant drive to make mass spectrometers sufficiently small and portable that they can be carried to the sample, rather than bringing samples into the lab for analysis. We have pioneered the approach of making mass analyzers using lithographically patterned plates. We have made miniaturized ...

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Kenneth A. Christensen


Dr. Christensen’s lab works in the fields of biochemistry and bioanalytical chemistry. His lab develops methods that apply optical spectroscopy, time-lapse microscopy, and other current analytical and biophysical techniques to questions in biochemistry, biophysics, cell and microbiology. A current area of research in my lab grew out of our discovery several years ago that the anthrax toxin receptors capillary morphogenesis ...

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David V. Dearden


The Dearden group’s research centers on the development and use of state-of-the-art, extremely sensitive chemical analysis tools. The instrument we work with, a Fourier transform mass spectrometer (FTMS), weighs molecules with accuracies of about one part per million, and can distinguish between molecules with similar weights better than any other available technique. With this kind of accuracy, merely weighing a ...

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Paul B. Farnsworth


My major area of research interest is analytical spectroscopy, with an emphasis on the development of new analytical techniques and instrumentation for trace molecular and elemental analysis. My group’s efforts are divided between two projects: the development and fundamental characterization of ambient ionization sources for molecular mass spectrometry, and studies of ion production and transport in plasma source mass spectrometers. ...

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Steven R. Goates


My studies involve the application of spectroscopy and lasers to both analytical and physical chemistry problems. My students and I have focused on problems ranging from the detailed analysis of complex substances to studies of the behavior of supercritical fluids to molecular structures at surfaces and interfaces. Much of our work involves collaboration with other research groups, thereby bringing greater ...

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Jaron C. Hansen


Hansen Lab Group Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry Our group utilizes both computational and experimental tools to investigate a variety of environmental and atmospheric chemistry issues. We couple together high level ab initio computational studies with experimental studies designed to investigate the kinetics and spectroscopy of important atmospheric species and reactions. Our laboratory studies are complemented by in situ air sampling ...

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Matthew R. Linford


Linford Research Group Students who have worked in my laboratory have had two significant opportunities. First, they have published a lot. Second, and of great significance, they have had the opportunity to learn many new things. Most of our work is focused on surface modification and patterning of materials like silicon, polymers, and diamond. To do these surface modifications my ...

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Adam T. Woolley


The Woolley Research Group Micro-and Nanometer-Scale Chemical Manipulation and Analysis: My group works at the interface between chemistry, engineering and biology. Thus, students receive broad technical training and are well poised to contribute in these key research fields. A common theme in my research is the interrelationship between biological molecules and miniaturization. We are utilizing miniaturization tools to detect and ...

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