Dr. Jeffrey Dick
Thank you for visiting Prof. Dick’s faculty page! Our group is convinced that the development of new measurement techniques enables elucidation of new truths of nature. What does this mean for students who join the group? With Purdue’s #1 ranked Analytical Chemistry program, you will be introduced to new measurement tools that are on the frontier of human knowledge. As chemists, we are very much interested in how chemical reactivity changes as volumes get smaller and smaller. For centuries, chemists have assumed that reactivity is the same in the ocean compared to a lysosome despite 40 orders of magnitude! We try to understand how chemistry changes under confinement and how nature takes advantage of this difference for the genesis and propagation of life by developing new measurement tools and instrumentation. We develop new instrumentation to make these measurements. We are electrochemists because electrochemistry offers unmatched spatiotemporal resolution regarding measurements. Students in the group get formal training in all areas of electrochemistry, electrospray, separations, quantification of emerging environmental micropollutants, wet synthesis, optical and fluorescence microscopy, SEM, TEM, FIB, XRD, XPS, finite element modeling, and many other techniques.