Research Analytical

Analytical Research

Consistently ranked as one of the top analytical programs in the United States over the past four decades, the analytical division is recognized as a world leader in this scientific area.

Following the tradition set by the late Professor Charles N. Reilley, the division extends the frontier of measurement science through a focus on fundamental studies related to chemical analysis and the development of innovative instrumentation. All traditional areas of research are represented, including electrochemistry, mass spectrometry, microscopy, sensors, separations, single cell assays, micro- and nanoscale chemical measurement devices, and spectroscopy.

Research projects span a wide range of chemical analysis science, including microvolume separations and analysis, nanomaterials, proteomics, sensors, single cell/molecule analysis, and surface analysis; for examples of active research projects please see the list below.

The division has a strong alumni base with students working across academia, industry, and national labs enabling exciting career opportunities and networking for our graduate students.

Recent Research Results

Enabling practical nanoparticle electrodeposition from aqueous nanodroplets

Historically, the cost of nanodroplet-mediated electrodeposition experimentation is prohibitive because practitioners use 0.1 M to 0.5 M tetrabutylammonium perchlorate (TBAP) dissolved in the oil phase (∼10 mL). Here, we show that supporting electrolyte is not necessary for the oil phase.

Amaranthus hypochondriacus seeds as a rich source of cysteine rich bioactive peptides

Here, in silico predictions, proteomics, and simulated gastrointestinal digestions are leveraged to identify digestion resistant CRPs within A. hypochondriacus seeds.

Mass Spectrometric Identification of Antimicrobial Peptides from Medicinal Seeds

Herein, in silico analysis predicted 80-100 Cys-rich AMPs per species from three edible traditional medicinal plants: Linum usitatissimum (flax), Trifolium pratense (red clover), and Sesamum indicum (sesame).

Representative Publications

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