What is Analytical Chemistry?

Most people think of chemistry as being broadly divided into organic and physical disciplines, but there are a number of specialized fields within the main science. Analytical chemistry makes vital contributions to a wide range of industries affecting nearly every individual in one way or another.

Defining Analytical Chemistry

Analytical chemistry makes use of lab equipment and supplies to gather and disseminate precise data about the composition and structure of matter. An analytical chemist's job can include some or all of the following functions:

  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative analyses

  • Developing new and improved types of measurement.

  • Validating and verifying results while setting error limits.

  • Interpreting data within the proper context.

  • Communicating findings to the rest of the scientific community.

  • Thanks to automation, analytical chemists have been freed from much of the tedious and repetitive steps of testing and analyzing, but this has increased the need for scientists who can interpret the results in a meaningful way.

    Practical Applications of Analytical Chemistry

  • Ensure product quality and stability of food products.

  • Analyze chemicals used in the manufacturing of consumer products such as soaps and toiletries.

  • Assist with development of petroleum products, including fertilizers and pesticides.

  • Companies are constantly looking for skilled analytical chemists who can help them navigate the growing number of regulatory requirements in all industries.

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