Chemistry and Biochemistry



Analytical chemists develop methods to detect and qualitatively and quantitatively analyze chemical constituents in a sample or system. Among all disciplines encompassed by chemical research, analytical chemists specialize in the measurement of chemicals. Analytical chemists can thus apply their skills in many walks of life, from the industrial arena to government research to academia; analytical chemistry figures largely in environmental control, medical clinics, pharmaceutical developments, synthetic chemistry, forensics analysis, and homeland defense, to name only a few.

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Daniel E. Austin


The Austin Lab 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. The Austin Lab Group has accordingly pioneered the approach of making mass analyzers using lithographically patterned plates. The Group has made miniaturized radiofrequency ...

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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 Group primarily works with a Fourier transform mass spectrometer (FTMS), which 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 the FTMS's kind of accuracy, merely ...

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Jaron C. Hansen


The Hansen Lab utilizes both computational and experimental tools to investigate a variety of environmental and atmospheric chemistry issues.  The Hansen Lab couples together high level ab initio computational studies with experimental studies designed to investigate the kinetics and spectroscopy of important atmospheric species and reactions. Hansen Lab studies are complemented by in situ air sampling campaigns designed to investigate source apportionment and general air ...

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Ryan T. Kelly


The Kelly Group develops technological solutions for ultrasensitive biochemical analyses, including single cell and nanoscale proteomics. Ongoing research activities include:   Sample isolation and preparation – Ongoing refinements and miniaturization of the nanoPOTS platform are expected to further improve sample recovery for downstream analyses  Separation and ionization – Miniaturizing separations and reducing electrospray flow rates increases ionization and transmission efficiency for ...

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Matthew R. Linford


The Linford Research Group works in chemical analysis and characterization. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Potential Graduate Students and Others who may be Interested in our Research What type of research is done in the Linford Group? Linford researchers work in three connected areas. Linford researchers make new materials by a variety of means including by thin film deposition, modification of surfaces, and ...

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Jeffrey H. Macedone


Dr. Macedone's efforts are focused on teaching in three main areas outside of teaching: the local section of the American Chemical Society, supervising the Lecture Preparation Laboratory, and also supervising the Exploratory lab. Mentoring: For the past 3 years, Dr. Macedone has been mentoring an undergraduate student on a project involving scorpions. When exposed to UV light, the “skin” of ...

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Wally F. Paxton


Paxton Lab researchers specialize in four areas, described in detail below. Soft Nanotechnology. Paxton Lab research involves i) understanding the self-assembly of stimuli-responsive polymers into dynamic nanostructures. Materials like this can form assemblies that respond to environmental stimuli – like changes in temperature, pH, or chemical potential. Paxton scientists use these materials to ii) control the chemical and electronic properties at liquid-solid ...

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Adam T. Woolley


Woolley Lab researchers work at the interface between chemistry, engineering and biology. Thus, Woolley students receive broad technical training and are well poised to contribute in these key research fields. Micro-and Nanometer-Scale Chemical Manipulation and Analysis: A common theme in Woolley Lab research is the interrelationship between biological molecules and miniaturization. Woolley chemists utilize miniaturization tools to detect and quantify ...

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