Analytical Chemistry

Modern analytical chemistry involves many aspects sampling and sample handling, as well as developing tools such as sensors for medically important molecules.  The department is active in several of these areas, for example in the use of nanostructured materials such as carbon nanotubes for sensor development as well as the use of novel sampling strategies such as in-situ sampling, and in-situ clean-up. New separation and detection techniques include the use of solid phase extraction (SPE), solid phase micro-extraction (SPME), and molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs).  Sample analysis through the use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance is also a growing area. 

In addition to these areas, the department and the NIC combined have a very powerful suite of analytical instruments, including NMR, ESR, IR and Raman spectroscopies, X-ray diffraction, and XPS capabilities, and numerous electrochemical thermal analysis techniques.

Staff members with interests in these fields include Professor Nyokong (gail.cobus@ru.ac.za) (NIC).

Last Modified: Thu, 14 Nov 2019 14:07:07 SAST