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:
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.