David Collins Research
Analytical chemistry includes the separation, identification, and quantification of chemical components found in synthetic and natural mixtures. A forensic scientist uses analytical chemistry to separate illicit drugs from a mixture of excipients, identify their presence, and determine purity.
Analytical chemistry research often involves the development and characterization of new techniques, methods, and instrumentation. Our research focuses on the development of novel separations. We have conducted research utilizing capillary electrophoresis, gas chromatography, high performance liquid chromatography, and planar chromatography.
Most recently we developed a novel two-dimensional separation technique that simultaneously exploits multiple dimensions during separation. The technique is called simultaneous chromatography and electrophoresis (SCE). In SCE, chromatography occurs via capillary action while an orthogonal electric field concurrently promotes electrophoresis in a second dimension. We have published this work in the journal of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.
I can accommodate 1-4 students each semester. If you are interested, please come see me. It is best to start early and continue the research experience for several semesters.