Analytical Chemistry

The analytical chemistry program is among the strongest in North America with a dozen faculty members conducting award-winning research at the forefront of some of the most exciting and significant areas of analytical chemistry. 

Much of the recent research is aimed at advancing the state-of-the-art in analytical instrumentation and techniques through increased understanding of the fundamental principles involved. Students graduating from this program readily find employment in government, industry, and academia in fields such as industrial chemicals, high tech, and pharmaceuticals.

Analytical chemistry research at the U of A encompasses a broad range of areas including:

  • atmospheric chemistry
  • liquid chromatography
  • multi-dimensional gas chromatography
  • high sensitivity bioanalytical techniques
  • capillary electrophoresis
  • chemical microinstrumentation or "lab-on-a-chip"
  • electrospray ionization mass spectrometry
  • proteomics, genomics and metabolomics
  • interfacial chemistry
  • scanning probe microscopy
  • surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy
  • surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy
  • electroanalytical chemistry
  • environmental chemistry and chemical toxicology
  • absorption, fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy
  • microarray development
  • nanoscience
  • nanoparticle enhanced detection
  • molecular electronics
  • polymer brush synthesis and characterization
  • chemometrics
  • analytical instrument design
  • biosensors