As one of the leaders in the country, the Analytical interest group continues to push the limits of measurement science though the development of cutting edge instrumentation and detailed fundamental studies. Our research teams work on projects that span all of the traditional areas of analytical chemistry including separations, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, mass spectrometry and microscopy. Several research groups are part of the neuroscience graduate program. We enlist and extend modern measurement techniques to enable the understanding of chemical events in an increasingly broad cross disciplinary areas, such as neurochemistry, nanoscale electronics and self-assembly, molecular interfaces and surfaces, and biomimetic structures.

People specializing in this area

Listing of personnel in the Penn State Chemistry Department including name and research topics
Name Research Topic
Asbury, John

Ultrafast infrared spectroscopy to reactions in solid-state materials

Boehr, David

Biomolecular NMR spectroscopy

Cremer, Paul

-New analytical platform/method design

-Small molecule/biomolecule detection

-Ligand/receptor binding

-Fluorescence microscopy

-Vibrational nonliner optical spectroscopy

-Label-free bioanalysis

Freedman, Miriam

Methods development for atmospheric chemistry

Keating, Christine

Partitioning of solutes in aqueous multiphase systems. Characterization of organic/inorganic hybrid materials.

Knappenberger, Kenneth

Single-molecule and single-nanoparticle imaging

Lee, Tae-Hee
  • Single-molecule fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy
  • Method development for single-molecule measurements
  • Biophysical problem-solving based on single-molecule measurements
  • Nanoscale engineering based on single-molecule microscopy


Mallouk, Thomas

Chemical applications of solid state materials

Sen, Ayusman

Self-powered motors and pumps as sensors

Showalter, Scott

Biomolecular NMR spectroscopy, calorimetry studies of biomolecular systems.

Williams, Mary Beth

Peptide linked inorganic supramolecular assemblies as molecular wires and for artificial photosynthesis; magnetic nanoparticle based separations and analysis

Winograd, Nicholas

Imaging of biomaterials with mass spectrometry

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