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Fields & Applications Preparative/Process Chromatography, Liquid Chromatography, Microscopy, Genomics & DNA Analysis

The Art of Analysis, Reprised

In the career pages of the American Chemical Society, analytical chemistry is described as the “art and science of determining what matter is and how much of it exists”. Of the six disciplines of chemistry, it is the only one to be described with these words, the other five being defined as “the study of ” [a particular type of molecule or material]. “Art” can be perceived as a derogatory term in the context of science but it should not be. Art represents savoirfaire and experience – the clever ways learned over time in the practice of one’s craft. Art precedes science; and it is in attempting to explain experimental results that theories are being developed. Yet, this may be symptomatic of the image of analytical sciences in the scientific community at large.

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Anne Francois Aubry

Anne Aubry never anticipated, when she made the decision to study Pharmaceutical Sciences at the age of 17, that the breadth of subjects taught in pharmacy school – from statistics and deontology to biology and medicinal chemistry – would give her such a great foundation. “It served me well throughout my career in the pharmaceutical industry. In graduate school, I specialized in analytical chemistry because I loved solving problems and because of the access it gave me to a range of other sciences and scientists who all had a great story to tell.” Anne is no longer in the lab, but she still loves discussing new challenges and thinking of ways to solve them.

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