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Analytical Chemistry

Purdue University’s analytical chemistry program is the top graduate program in the United States. With 14 faculty members and more than 110 graduate students, our program is one of the largest in the world. Analytical Chemistry at Purdue has strong emphases on mass spectrometry and imaging (Cooks, Kenttamaa, J. Laskin, McLuckey, and Tao), NMR spectroscopy (Yang), structure biology (Yang and Metskas), environmental chemistry (A. Laskin and Michalski), soft matter and nanostructures (Claridge and Mao), optical spectroscopy and imaging (Simpson, Metskas, and Zhang), machine learning and immunology (Chopra), electrochemistry (Dick) and separation technology (Wirth).

#1 in Analytical Chemistry, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Our Faculty

Gaurav Chopra

Gaurav Chopra

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  • Neuroimmunology
  • Machine learning
  • Drug discovery
Shelley Claridge

Shelley Claridge

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  • Nanomaterials
  • Imaging
  • Confinement effects
Graham Cooks

Graham Cooks

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  • Synthesis by mass spectrometry
  • Accelerated reactions
  • High throughput bioassays
Bryon Drown

Bryon Drown

  • Protein mass spectrometry
  • Chemical proteomics
  • Protein-drug interactions
Jeffrey Dick

Jeffrey Dick

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  • Accelerated Reactions
  • Single Cell Metabolomics using Nanoelectrochemistry
  • Nanomaterial Synthesis & Characterization
Hilkka Kenttämaa

Hilkka Kenttämaa

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  • Mass spectrometry
  • Analysis of complex mixtures
  • Structural characterization of polyfunctional organic compounds
Alex Laskin

Alex Laskin

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  • Chemistry of atmospheric aerosols
  • Multi-modal characterization of complex mixtures
  • Environmental chemistry
Julia Laskin

Julia Laskin

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  • Ion soft-landing
  • Mass spectrometry imaging
  • Instrument development
Chengde Mao

Chengde Mao

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  • DNA nanotechnology
  • Self-assembly
  • Biosensing/nanomedicine
Scott McLuckey

Scott McLuckey

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  • Mass spectrometry
  • Top-down biomolecule characterization
  • Bio-complex analysis
Lauren Ann Metskas

Lauren Ann Metskas

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  • Cryo electron tomography
  • Correlative microscopy
  • Protein ultrastructure
Greg Michalski

Greg Michalski

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  • Stable isotope geochemistry
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Nitrogen cycling in aquatic and soil systems
Garth Simpson

Garth Simpson

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  • Nonlinear optics
  • Chemical imaging
  • Dynamic sampling
Andy Tao

Andy Tao

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  • Molecular signaling in cancer cells
  • Identification of biomarkers for cancer and AD
  • Chemical proteomics
Danzhou Yang

Danzhou Yang

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  • NMR spectroscopy
  • Structure biology
  • Cancer-specific DNA molecular targets
Chi Zhang

Chi Zhang

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  • Optical microscopy/spectroscopy
  • Opto-control
  • Cell metabolism