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February 2024 Issue of The Analytical Scientist

In the first issue of 2024, a collection of the field’s leading spokespeople consider the persistent perception problem facing analytical chemistry – and debate proposals for a rebrand: measurement science. Our second feature explores the role of the analytical scientist in the “forever” PFAS problem. In My View features Ruedi Aebersold, Pieter Dorrestein and Silvio Vaz Jr – who discuss funding fundamentals, innovation tips, and agrochemical analysis (respectively). In the Core Topics, Patrick Fedick explains why he’s combining 3D printing with mass spectrometry, Davy Guillarme argues ultrashort chromatography columns are fit for pharma, and Juergen Popp discusses clinical spectroscopy’s exciting AI-enabled future. Finally, we sit down with top class educator Thomas J. Wenzel.

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Articles featured in this issue

Fields & Applications Genomics & DNA Analysis

The First of Us

| Markella Loi | 2 min read

And then there were 1,280… Genomic analysis reveals how an ancestral population bottleneck brought us to the brink of extinction.

Business & Education Professional Development

Three Big Challenges for Analytical Science

| Ruedi Aebersold | 3 min read

Confident communication, funding fundamental research, and dealing with data – how we can take analytical science to new heights

Business & Education Professional Development

What It Takes to Innovate

| Pieter Dorrestein | 3 min read

When expertise and interests align, collaboration breeds innovation

Fields & Applications Food, Beverage & Agriculture

Agrochemical Analysis at the Edge

| Silvio Vaz Jr. | 4 min read

Given the rising global demand for food, are the analytical tools, techniques and methods at our disposal up to scratch?

Business & Education Professional Development

The Science of Measurement

| Richard Zare | 3 min read

To repair the reputation of the field, we need to redefine analytical chemistry so that is understood as the science of measurement – and a fundamenta

Business & Education Professional Development

The Unseen Science

| Jessica Allerton, Frank van Geel | 4 min read

Students are often unaware of the beauty of analytical science and the variety of opportunities available to them. We need to change that!

Business & Education Professional Development

The Positivity Problem

| Jonathan Sweedler | 6 min read

If we all put more effort into lifting our spirits and those of our students, we’d unintentionally raise the profile of analytical chemistry

Business & Education Business

No Mere Applicationist!

| Victoria Samanidou | 6 min read

We need to differentiate ourselves from routine, “push-button” chemical analysts as the developers of new analytical tools and techniques

Business & Education Professional Development

Make Analytical Chemistry Cool (Again)

| Jessica Allerton | 5 min read

Three up-and-coming researchers discuss why analytical science can sometimes struggle to attract talent to the field

Business & Education Business

Fighting for Scraps?

| Chris Enke | 4 min read

Chemistry’s diminished standing among the sciences has led to counterproductive departmental competition, which has hurt analytical chemistry

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

Three Dimensional Defense

| James Strachan | 11 min read

Patrick Fedick walks us through life as a US Navy analytical chemist – and explains why he’s combining 3D printing with mass spectrometry

Techniques & Tools Liquid Chromatography

Small but Perfectly Formed

| Davy Guillarme | 3 min read

Are ultra-short chromatography columns fit for pharma?

Techniques & Tools Gas Chromatography

Mastering the Craft of Chromatography

| David McCalley | 3 min read

Innovation in separation science continues apace, but a lack of skilled personnel with an understanding of the fundamentals will hold the field back

Techniques & Tools Spectroscopy

Enter the METRIX

| Markella Loi | 5 min read

We plug into the (RAMAN)METRIX with Juergen Popp, who discusses clinical spectroscopy’s exciting AI-enabled future

Business & Education Education

Top Class Educator

| Jessica Allerton | 5 min read

Sitting Down With… Thomas J. Wenzel, Charles A. Dana Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, Bates College, USA