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Welcome to the
Microanalytical Chemistry Lab

  • From beer (5%) to whisky (53%) - Simple procedure using UV-LED/hydrogen peroxide opens the door for fast analysis of ethanol by capillary electrophoresis
  • Congratulations to Lauren! Lauren gave the opening remarks at the 2019 College of Science Donor Appreciation day
  • 1-Propanol + UV and hydrogen peroxide. Simple sample pretratement step leads to teh formation of unexpected products
  • If you are planning to get Martian Samples... Check out these flight-compatible methods capable of simultaneously measuring inorganic cations and amino acids in samples of varying salinity by capillary electrophoresis and contactless-conductivity detection
  • Do you know you can use carbon tape as an electrode? Fede, Paige, and Diego demostrated this possibility and used them to analyze beer
  • CE-C4D helps identification of undermedicated patients. New paper describes a simple method to determine topiramate in serum samples
  • Proteins gone wild (on paper). Recent publication explores how proteins adsorb and desorb from cellulose fibers
  • TEDx Cordoba. Many thanks to the organizers for considering our lab for a presentation
  • Monshiners at Clemson. New microfluidic approach to combine electrochemical oxidation, separation, amd detection of primary alcohols
  • New technique yields microfluidics from microscope slides. Using wax as a sacrificial material, channels can be created by laser engraving

Microchips are one of the most promising analytical platforms due to the great advantages with respect to conventional bench-top equipment. Microfluidic devices are able to offer custom design, high throughput, sensitivity, selectivity and portability. In order to achieve a real point-of-care measurement device, simple instrumentation has to be integrated to drive the injection and separation. Electrochemical detection (ECD) methods have been widely applied for the detection of bio-compounds because they are less susceptible to decreases in signal magnitude during miniaturization and are already portable and inexpensive. For these reasons, we are very interested in studying the design, operation and biological applications of microchips and capillary electrophoresis. In addition, we are also interested in the rational design of biosensors. Please visit the associated pages to find more about our projects and most recent publications.

Latest Developments in the Lab

Paper describing the application of UV-LED/H2O2 to analyze alcohols by CE-UV was accepted in Food Chemistry.
New grant from EPA will support efforts to identify issues with lead in drinking water at schools in South Carolina.
Congratulations to Lauren Skrajewski and Laura McCann for being selected for the Senior Researcher Award and the Warwick Chemical Foundation Award in Chemistry, respectively!
Our visit to the CU - MUSC program in Bioengineering in the spolight!
New paper describing the formation of malonate from 1-propanol published in Electrophoresis.
Many thanks to Francisco and Javier for letting us particiupate in their project to design catalysts. Results linked to the production of 5–HMF have been just published in the journal Applied Catalysis B: Environmental
Dr. Garcia was elected Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry
Cover for the book: Carbon-based Nanomaterials in Analytical Chemistry Congrats to Paige, who is now a PhD candidate!
Our newest book Carbon-based Nanomaterials in Analytical Chemistry have been released. Many thanks to Agustin and Alberto for their incredible work!
Collaboration with NASA leads to a series of flight-compatible methods capable of simultaneously measuring inorganic cations and amino acids in samples of varying salinity by CE-C4D Electrophoresis.
New paper from Fede, Paige and Diego about carbon electrodes has been accepted in Analytical Methods.
Many thanks Aline and all the collaborators for the opportunity to collaborate in the analysis of topiramate by CE-C4D. The paper has been just accepted in Electrophoresis.