Research

The continuing evolution of analytical chemistry stems from a deeper understanding of underlying analytically exploited processes, i.e.  from the basic research in this scientific area.  The obtained knowledge becomes a platform for introduction of innovative analytical workflows and technologies and allows to successfully handle the tasks encountered in analytical practice. The development of analytical methods can be seen as a process invoked by the demand for new approaches permitting  to gather knowledge of various animate and inanimate systems.

At the Department of Analytical Chemistry, both basic and applied research involving development of new technologies and methods is carried out. The results are published in renowned analytical journals (Analytical Chemistry, Journal of Chromatography A, Electrophoresis, ...).  The following are examples of the studied subjects:

  • modification of separation selectivity (chromatography, electromigration techniques);
  • discrimination of optical isomers (chromatography, electromigration techniques, mass spectrometry);
  • using nanomaterials as a part of analytical systems (Raman spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, electromigration techniques);
  • miniaturized analytical systems (electromigration techniques, mass spectrometry);
  • on-line preconcentrations (electromigration techniques);
  • mechanisms of electrochemical transformations of biologically relevant substances (electroanalytical methods);
  • biomembrane models (electroanalytical methods, electromigration techniques);
  • ionization and fragmentations processes (mass spectrometry);
  • development of ion sources for mass spectrometry;
  • development of detection systems for capillary electrophoresis;
  • novel approaches for analysis of biological samples (chromatographic and electromigration techniques, including coupling of these techniques with mass spectrometry, atomic and molecular spectroscopy methods, electroanalytical methods);
  • transformations of substances interesting from the toxicological nad pharmacological point of view (chromatographic and electromigration techniques, including coupling of these techniques with mass spectrometry);
  • workflows for detection and identification of impurities (chromatographic and electromigration techniques, including coupling of these techniques with mass spectrometry);
  • approaches for the analysis and characterization of surfaces (mass spectrometry, Raman spectrometry);
  • methods for analysis of food, nutraceuticals, metabolites, pharmaceuticals, for toxicological analysis, verification of artwork autheticity, analysis of microorganisms and cells, diagnostic purposes, etc., are developed (chromatographic and electromigration techniques, including coupling of these techniques with mass spectrometry, atomic and molecular spectroscopy methods, electroanalytical methods);

An integral part of the research is active involvement of undergraduate and graduate students into the cutting-edge research and dealing with practical analytical problems as well as cooperation with experts from industry on introduction of new analytical approaches and their further education.

A number of other examples of research activities as well as contacts of the colleagues that can provide more detailed information on the ongoing research, potential collaboration or involvement of students in the research at our department can be found on the web pages of individual laboratories.