Analytical chemistry is the investigation of the separation, detection, identification and quantification of atomic, molecular and ionic species. At Cornell, our interests encompass the self-assembly of molecules on electrodes, the nutritional uptake of fatty acids, the molecular structure of spider silk, the transport of calcium in human cells, the distribution of defects in novel electronic devices and the identification of sequencing errors in DNA. 

These investigations use many experimental techniques, including scanned probe microscopies, high-resolution mass spectrometry, solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopies, secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and synchrotron-based surface studies. In addition, there is opportunity for collaboration with colleagues in physics, materials science, engineering and biology.