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 radiofrequency ...

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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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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 campaigns designed to investigate ...

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Ryan Kelly


Mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics and metabolomics enable broad, in-depth profilingof biomolecules and their abundances, and are critical for understanding cellular structure andfunction. However, due to sensitivity and throughput limitations, samples comprising a minimumof several thousand cells are generally required for global ‘omics’ measurements, and eachanalysis can require hours to complete. Recent advances in enabling technologies such assingle-cell imaging offer some ...

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Matthew R. Linford


Linford Research Group  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? We work in three connected areas. We make new materials by a variety of means including by thin film deposition, modification of surfaces, and even creation of bulk materials. For ...

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Wally Paxton


  Soft Nanotechnology. My 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. We’re going to use these materials to ii) control the chemical and electronic properties at liquid-solid interfaces and iii) use biocatalysis – enzymes or ...

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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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