In 2023, the Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry celebrates 60 years since its foundation. Established in 1963, the Laboratory belongs to the School of Chemistry, of the Faculty of Sciences in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Nowadays the Laboratory has 6 Professors, 1 Associate Professor, 2 Assistant Professors and 1 member of Technical Staff. The main research topics include the development and validation of advanced analytical methods, the exploration of novel instrumental techniques and the application of innovative materials in chemical analysis. More specifically the topics include:
Separation and Hyphenated Analytical Techniques
Separation and Hyphenated Analytical Techniques, such as High Pressure Liquid Chromatography, Gas Chromatography, Capillary Electrophoresis, using Sequential Injection Analysis / Zone Fluidics, Flow Injection Analysis, Mass Spectroscopy, applied to bioanalysis, metabolomics, foodomics, pharmaceuticals, environmental and food analysis, forensics, quality control, etc.
Spectroscopic, automated and multielement techniques
Spectroscopic, automated and multielement techniques including Atomic Spectroscopy, hyphenated techniques combining separation techniques with atom-selective detectors, such as Mass Spectrometers, Flow Injection and other automated techniques, plasma-based multi-element analytical techniques etc applied to archaeometric and environmental analysis, bioanalysis, food analysis, etc.
Electroanalytical techniques including Voltammetry, Ion Selective Electrodes, Potentiometry, Sensors and Biosensors, applied mainly to bioanalysis, environmental and food analysis.
Green Analytical Chemistry
To comply with Green Analytical Chemistry demands, modern sample preparation protocols are developed, based on environmentally friendly extraction and microextraction techniques and the use of innovative materials. Nanomaterials, graphene-based materials, magnetic nanoparticles, molecularly imprinted polymers etc. are implemented in validated protocols, which focus on various matrices, numerous target analytes and a plethora of application fields.
All these years, the members of the Laboratory, being open to joint projects, have developed many international research partnerships with other analytical laboratories and have also established long lasting educational and training collaboration with other institutes in Greece and abroad.
For more details the readers are invited to visit the website of the Laboratory: https://www.chem.auth.gr/en/departments-laboratories/fapx-dep-en/analytical-chemistry-lab-en/