Analytical Chemistry Core Lab

Analytical Chemistry Core Lab

Supplying advanced techniques for custom and routine chemical analysis

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The Analytical Chemistry Core Lab houses a diverse range of state-of-the-art instrumentation in a 1400-square-meter user facility. We specialize in the analysis of inorganic and organic constituents in most solid and liquid materials. In addition, we have the capabilities to characterize thermal, mechanical, optical, and electrical properties of materials.

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The Analytical Chemistry Core Lab offers four functional areas

The inorganics analysis unit houses some of the most widely used pieces of equipment in analytical chemistry. Our scientists are experienced with a variety of techniques to determine the elemental composition of variable materials including petroleum products, environmental samples, biological tissues or artificial polymers. We also feature instruments to quantify nutrients and organic carbon in fresh and sea water. Most of the lab’s instruments for thermal and mechanical analysis of materials are also overseen by this group of scientists.


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The metabolomics analysis unit utilizes mass spectrometry based methods to identify small molecules, metabolites and lipids in a variety of biological matrices. The facility houses a complete array of state-of-art instrumentation including ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) or gas chromatography (GC) instruments hyphenated to a diverse mass spectrometer detectors (Orbitrap, timsTOF, TOF, triple quadrupole, ion trap).  We offer the capabilities to perform targeted and untargeted analysis of various classes of small molecules, metabolites and lipids, as well as free fatty acid analysis. Our technical experts focus on developing analytical methods as well as providing training and technical support for our users. 
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This unit separates a wide range of chemical compounds for both qualitative and quantitative analysis; processes include the accurate mass determination of organic molecules, identification and quantitation of organic environmental contaminants and polymer molecular weight determination.


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The surface analysis section of the lab focuses on the characterization of powders and large solid particles. Our staff scientists specialize in measurements of particle size, surface area, pore size and volume, chemical adsorption, surface energy, water vapor sorption, activity and selectivity of catalysts, and many more. The molecular spectroscopy section characterizes materials based on interactions between their molecular bonds and electromagnetic radiation resulting in absorption, emission and scattering.


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