Information for prospective students

In a day as an analytical chemist you can come by these tasks:


  • Chemical separation
  • Making standard solutions
  • Method development
  • Obtaining data
  • Data analysis
  • Statistics
  • Trouble shooting
  • Maintenance of the equipment


Analytical chemistry can be divided into separation, identification and quantification of chemical compounds. In other words it is all about finding out what is in the soup and how much there is. This can be challenging and sometimes you will have to work with great patience. Statistics is a part of the data analysis and it is the tool we use to validate our method, verify our data and quantify the compounds.

In this group we are working with highly sensitive analysis methods like gas chromatography coupled to different detectors (MS, TCD, FID), high performance liquid chromatography coupled to MS (HPLC-MS) and ion chromatography. We are mainly analyzing atmospheric aerosols and bio oil. You can read more about our research in the research section.

Analytical chemistry is a major part of all sections of the chemical industry like food chemistry, medicinal chemistry and environmental chemistry and therefore there are many different job opportunities for an analytical chemist.

MS: Mass Spectroscopy

TCD: Thermal Conductivity Detector

FID: Flame Ionization Detector