Analytical chemistry involves the measurement of atoms, molecules, particles, cells from the chemical standpoint. As such, all Chemists, indeed most scientists do Analytical Chemistry.
Analytical Chemists develop new techniques and new areas of application for these techniques. Examples include the development of new separation methods like field flow fractionation and capillary electrophoresis, electrochemical methods with micro and nanoscale probes for analysis in cells or in capillaries, mass spectrometry imaging methods, and ultrasensitive spectroscopic measurements. These measurements have literally allowed scientists of all types to change the world we live in. Analytical chemistry is critically important in monitoring the environment, in product analysis in industry, for disease studies and diagnosis, for trace measurements in the sea, and for measurements in small places like single cells and nanotubes. The area of Analytical Chemistry has seen a true renaissance in the last two decades with advances in sensitivity, measurements in nanoenvironments, single cells, and advances in the understanding and diagnosis of disease.
Never has there been a more exciting time for measurement science!
The analytical group at GU is pushing the limits of measurement science through the development of cutting edge instrumentation and application of new technologies to measurements of great impact. Our collaborative research teams work on projects that span all of the traditional areas of analytical chemistry including separations, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, mass spectrometry and microscopy. We have specific strengths in imaging including fluorescence (both ratiometric and lifetime based), optode measurements, Raman, and mass spectrometry. Applications are found in neuroscience, soft nanodevices, membrane biophysics, single cell measurements, analysis of the chemistry of child leukemia, and in our strong collaborations with Marine Chemistry at GU.