Chemical Analysis

Professor Interests
Jared Anderson Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Robbyn Anand Bioanalytical; microfluidics; electrochemistry; separations.
Robert Houk Their research involves the fundamental study and applications of new ionization techniques for mass spectrometry (MS). The general objective is to devise new methodology for important analytical problems based on the sensitivity and selectivity of MS when combined with an appropriate ionization source.
Wenyu Huang Plasmonic enhancement of activity and selectivity of catalysts. The objective is to develop a new strategy based on the strong electromagnetic field generated by photon irradiation of controlled plasmonic nanostructures to enhance the activity or selectivity of metal (i.e. Au, Ag, Cu, Pt, and Pd) catalysts. This new approach could provide energy-efficient ways to control the activity and selectivity of heterogeneous catalysis and reduces the energy consumption in current industrial processes.
Young Jin Lee The Lee group is developing mass spectrometry based chemical analysis technique to solve biological and engineering problems. Mass spectrometry imaging: cellular and sub cellular level high resolution molecular imaging technique for unprecedented understanding of plant metabolic biology. Biopetroleomic analysis: high-resolution mass spectrometry technique to understand complex mixture of pyrolysis bio-oils. Structural mass spectrometry: cross-linking and oxidation labeling mass spectrometry technique for 3D protein structure analysis.
Marek Pruski The group develops and applies transient techniques in solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to probe the chemical and physical properties of materials involved in heterogeneous catalysis, surface science and materials science.
Aaron Rossini Research in our group centers on utilizing solid-state NMR to investigate the structure and composition of systems that are challenging to characterize with conventional techniques. In particular, we will explore the development and application of dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) enhanced solid-state NMR spectroscopy for the characterization of materials. In a DNP experiment the high polarization of unpaired electrons is transferred to magnetic nuclei.
Igor Slowing The Slowing group designs multifunctional nanostructured materials to build smart hybrid organic-inorganic devices. We synthesize nanoparticles with precise control of morphology and surface properties, and incorporate organic and inorganic groups at specific domains of the particles.
Emily Smith The two main objectives of the Smith research group are: (1) to measure the organization and dynamics of cell membrane components using a variety of fluorescence imaging techniques, and (2) to demonstrate Raman spectroscopy analyses of biomass, enzymatic catalysis, nanomaterials and thin films. These objectives are accomplished through a combination of analytical measurements, instrument and method development. The long-term goals of the research are to obtain important information for developing cleaner and cheaper energy production routes, and understanding the molecular events in the cell membrane that can lead to disease complications in cancer and diabetes.
Patricia Thiel In this group, they try to understand real problems in corrosion, lubrication, heterogeneous catalysis, and microelectronics (thin films) by creating simple model surfaces and studying their chemistry on an atomic scale. They then extrapolate this information back to the real system, where such knowledge is often unobtainable, either because of a lack of adequate experimental techniques or because of misleading extraneous factors.
Javier Vela The group is interested in the fabrication, characterization and properties of novel hetero-structured nanomaterials. Our aim is to develop unique materials and composites that are useful in solving important problems in renewable energy (energy generation, conversion, and storage), catalysis, and biological imaging and tracking.
Vincenzo Venditti In our lab, the structure, dynamics and interactions of enzymatic proteins are studied using a broad range of biophysical techniques. Our experimental approach involves state-of-the-art methods in biomolecular NMR, computer simulations, enzymology, and protein chemistry. Our research is primarily focused on determining how enzymatic activity and regulation are coupled to structural and dynamical features of an enzyme. Moreover, we look forward to applying the information gathered from these studies to the development of new inhibitors and bacterial systems.
Yan Zhao The biological world has unparalleled abilities to control structures, functions, reactions, and energy transfer with great efficiency and accuracy. They are interested in biomimetic chemistry to "abstract good design from nature." One of their main research goals is to design molecules that functionally mimic certain biological systems, and in turn to prepare molecules, polymers, and materials that have useful and superior properties.