Our strength in analytical chemistry has as its basis unique capabilities and expertise in advanced chemical instrumentation that permeates every facet of the research enterprise in the Department. Unique research infrastructure, such as the Jonathan Amy Facility for Chemical Instrumentation (JAFCI), makes possible the design and fabrication of next-generation instrumentation. Cutting-edge research programs in mass spectrometry, separation science, non-linear laser methods, chemical imaging and microscopy, spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, and atmospheric monitoring all add to the strength of the Department in instrumentation development.
There is a strong tradition in synthetic organic and inorganic chemistry, as exemplified by the work of our Nobel prize winners H.C. Brown and Ei-ichi Negishi. The department also plays a lead role in Drug Discovery, and considers this a signature area that is currently under significant expansion as a part of the Purdue Moves university-wide initiative. Other emerging areas include chemical imaging, functional materials, and catalysis. The wide ranging expertise in the Department enables us to respond quickly and effectively to emerging interdisciplinary research opportunities, positioning the department as a key component of many of the university-wide centers and institutes, particularly the exciting initiatives in Discovery Park.
Chemistry Core Areas
- Chemical Biology
- Chemical Education
- Materials Chemistry
- Physical and Theoretical
Center for Analytical Instrumentation Development (CAID)
The mission of CAID is to develop innovative "machine-tools of science" that enable discoveries across a broad spectrum of life science. These activities will lead to routine, point-of-need devices for use in drug discovery, clinical diagnostics, environmental monitoring, and the fight against chemical and biological terrorism.