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Analytical Chemistry Research Division

Analytical Research photo of test tubes in centrifuge

Associated Faculty

About the Analytical Research Division

The Analytical Research Division is known for its Forensic Chemistry program, mass spectrometry and nanomedicine.

The following are the highlights of major research in analytical, forensic and bioanalytical chemistry:

Analytical chemistry research focuses on the application of mass spectrometry to study electrochemical reactions and proteomics. Specifically, the development of electrochemical mass spectrometry for sequencing protein mapping disulfide, probing protein?protein interactions and monitoring protein conformation changes. In addition, the research involves the development of novel mass spectrometry techniques to study organometallic and electrochemical reactions.

Another major area of research involves the development of nanosensors, nanodevices and nanosystems for medical applications, including nanodevices for early in vivo and in vitro diagnosis and targeted therapies of cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases such as: heart failure, heart attack, aneurism, microvascular damage in diabetes, atherosclerosis and aging, Alzheimer?s, Parkinson?s disease and stroke.

Additionally, the development of intelligent chemical instrumentation is of high priority, including ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) and mass spectrometry (MS). IMS and MS methods coupled with chemometric methods are developed for the rapid identification of bacteria, the identification of drugs of abuse and the identification of explosives and accelerant detection of arson cases.


Each principal investigator in the Analytical Research Division maintains a strong, well-funded research program with access to excellent facilities at Ohio University. Moreover, the interdisciplinary nature of Analytical Research at Ohio University facilitates collaborations with faculty in other chemistry research divisions and in other departments campus-wide.

Many faculty members in the division conduct research projects that are accessible to students of all skill levels, including undergraduates and master's students, allowing virtually any student interested in research to get hands-on laboratory experience.

Another advantage to our students is that research groups in the Analytical Research Division are relatively small, averaging between three to four students per group. The small group sizes allow for enhanced mentoring between the student and his or her adviser, a trademark of Ohio University graduate programs.

Recent graduates in Analytical Research from Ohio University have gone on to exciting scientific careers in academic, government and industrial settings.


  • Mass spectometry laboratory
  • Nanomedical research laboratories
  • Surgery rooms

Hosted Conference

The department hosted the 2017 Midwestern Universities Analytical Chemistry Conference (MUACC).