Analytical & Environmental Chemistry

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Analytical and environmental chemists develop ways to identify and quantify specific chemical components.

Life is complex, diverse and thoroughly mixed. Our analytical chemists develop ways to identify and quantify specific chemical components within the whole. Through qualitative “What is it?” and quantitative “How much is it?” inquiry, analytical chemists promote understanding of the relationship of specific analyte(s) to the properties of the sample as a whole. They can then gain a deeper understanding of complex phenomena, such as a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis.

Analytical chemistry techniques can be applied to a myriad of fields including environmental chemistry, astrochemistry, pharmaceutical science, forensics, clinical chemistry and biomedical sciences. McMaster’s collaborative approach brings together experts from across disciplines to further knowledge using our state-of-the-art facilities.

Areas of specialty include:

  • Pharmaceutical and biomedical science
  • Clinical chemistry
  • Advanced spectroscopies and methods development
  • Forensics   

Our researchers:

Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology | McMaster University has 5 registered members
John Brennan
Professor, Canada Research Chair in Point-of-Care Diagnostics
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Research Interests:

Point-of-care diagnostics, functional nucleic acids

Philip Britz-McKibbin
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Research Interests:
Bioanalytical chemistry
Giuseppe Melacini
Professor, Director of Chemical Biology (Graduate Studies)
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Research Interests:

Molecular pharmacology; protein dynamics

Jose Moran-Mirabal
Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Micro- and Nanostructured Materials, Associate Chair (Graduate Studies)
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Research Interests:
Micro- and nanostructured materials
Sarah Styler
Assistant Professor
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