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Analytical Chemistry


The Department of Chemistry has an outstanding program in analytical chemistry, ranked among the top analytical chemistry programs in the nation. Research in this field is essential to the development of new methods to address various qualitative and quantitative aspects of the biological, forensic, environmental, clinical, and other fundamental and applied sciences. It also provides critical tools for chemical analysis of living cells, biologically active molecules, metabolites, and various materials at trace and ultra-trace levels. As a result, there is great demand for well-educated analytical chemists in industry, academia, and government.


Members of the Chemistry faculty are leaders in many important research areas, which include:


  • fundamental and applied research with mass spectrometry to develop tools for structural biology investigations (Bush)
  • development of new tools that combine ultrasensitive laser-based detection and manipulation methodologies with micro- and nano-fluidic techniques for interfacing with biological systems at the nanometer scale (Chiu)
  • development of novel optical spectroscopy and imaging techniques to investigate the spatial-temporal dynamics of living biological systems at single cell resolution (Fu)
  • comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography with time-of-flight mass spectrometry, and other 2D separation techniques aided by chemometrics (Synovec)
  • development of tools to advance medicine, including biomimetic microfluidic systems for integrated cell culture and small molecule isolation, to study chemical mechanisms underlying diseases such as bladder infections, prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and asthma (Theberge)
  • mass spectrometry research with a broad range of interests such as the development of new methods for peptide and protein sequencing, and the development of multiplex strategies for assaying enzymes and proteomics for clinical diagnostics (Tureček)
  • development of new chemical probes and optical instruments for biological imaging (Vaughan)
  • fundamental and applied aspects of electrochemistry and bioanalytical chemistry utilizing nanoscale materials of nanoscale dimensions (Zhang)


In addition to developing fundamental advances in analytical science, new instrumentation, and cutting edge techniques such as those highlighted above, our analytical faculty have numerous collaborative projects with other researchers from across the University of Washington and at universities, national laboratories, and in industry within and outside of the United States. These multidisciplinary collaborative research projects provide our graduate students with opportunities to work with scientists in fields such as biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, genome sciences, physics, and pediatrics to pursue interesting and important research goals, enhancing their overall educational experience and breadth of research expertise.

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