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Faculty with a focus in Analytical Chemistry

Analytical Chemistry is the field of chemistry which separates and identifies chemical unknowns. Analytical chemists solve problems from "what is the structure of a newly synthesized compound?" to "what caused the manufacturing process to clog up and stop working?". By using techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, analytical chemists are able to deduce compositional, molecular weight and structural information about a sample.

Analytical chemists also develop new instruments to improve their ability to analyze unknown chemical samples. As expected, skilled analytical chemists need to demonstrate keen observation, good problem solving skills and effective deductive reasoning.

Faculty with a focus in Analytical Chemistry include the following (explanation of the symbols, *, §, ‡ are listed below):

Catherine M. Bentzley, Ph.D.

  • Mass spectrometry of biological molecules

Charles N. McEwen, Ph.D.  ‡

  • Mass spectrometry

Frederick T. Schaefer, Ph.D. §

  • Chemical education
  • Computer interfacing
  • Macromolecules

Research Advising Ability

§ May serve as a research advisor for undergraduate students
* Research Professors from other departments who may serve as research advisors for graduate students in their appropriate area of expertise
May serve as a research advisor for both undergraduate and graduate students
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