Analytical Chemistry

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Chemists mess with molecules.

Once they have messed (synthesized or modified) them, it is important to determine their proerties and their behavior. In our state-of-the-art lab, we can determine structure by FTIR or liquid chromatography / quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry, concentrations by gas or liquid chromatography or near infrared or ultraviolet/visible or atomic absorption spectroscopy and polymer characteristics, e.g., molecular weight by size exclusion chromatography or thermal properties by differential scanning calorimetry or thermal gravimetric analysis or crystallinity by x-ray diffraction.

Currently we are creating a liquid chromatographic / time-of-flight mass spectrometric database of textile dyes to aid forensic scientists in solving crimes. We also routinely measure the amounts of methyl salicylate, a chemical warfare simulant, that have penetrated protective suits worn during tests that simulate emergency responders activities. Our analytical toolbox is used for education, research and technical service to clients outside the university. For a more specific list of projects please visit faculty pages listed.