Group News

Top News - Mark your calendars and plan to attend! The 20th International Symposium on Advances in Extraction Technologies (ExTech) will be organized by Dr. Anderson and held from June 19-22, 2018 in Ames. Please visit our ExTech 2018 symposium website and also check out our postcard!

9/18/2017 Our group welcomes Prof. Xi-Tian Peng to the group! Prof. Peng is a Professor at Hubei Academy of Agricultural Science in China. He will spend one year as a visiting professor in our group.

9/6/2017 An article by Prof. Anderson describing the rapid expansion and future of separation science appears in LCGC North America's 35th anniversary issue.

9/5/2017 Congratulations to Omprakash, Kevin, and Marcelino for the acceptance of their manuscript in Analytical Chemistry! This study describes a method for the rapid and selective extraction of total and messenger RNA.

8/24/2017 An Erasmus+ mobility project from the European Union between the Anderson lab at Iowa State and the Psillakis lab at the Technical University of Crete in Greece has been funded!

8/21/2017 We welcome Alex Majors back to the group! Alex will be working in the lab this academic year on projects related to 3D Printing.

8/7/2017 - Prof. Carlo Bicchi from the University of Turin in Italy visited the Anderson Group in Ames today!

8/1/2017 - Two undergraduate researchers, Liese Peterson and Jiang Lu, presented posters highlighting their summer research results at the department summer poster session. Liese is from Concordia College (MN) and Jiang Lu is from Beijing Normal University. Click on their names above to view their posters!

7/30/2017 - ACS Project SEED summer researcher, Isabel Camacho-Arias, has finished her research project in our lab. We shot a short video of her summer research experience. Check it out!

7/27/2017 - New technology from our laboratory related to the preconcentration of bacteria for rapid detection and food safety has been filed through the ISU Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer! Click here for more details.

7/27/2017 - Our group welcomes Prof. Dongmei Lu to the group! Prof. Lu is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Xi'an Jiaotong University in China. She will spend one year as a visiting professor in our group.

7/27/2017 - We welcome 2 post-doctoral scholars who have joined our lab! Dr. María José Trujillo-Rodríguez is an analytical chemist and comes to us from the Universidad de La Laguna in Spain. Dr. Xiong Ding is a trained biochemist who comes from Zhejiang University in China.

7/26/2017 - Dr. Omprakash Nacham has accepted a post-doc position in Prof. Edgar Arriaga's lab at the University of Minnesota. Congratulations and best of luck in your new line of research!

7/18/2017 - Our second Real-Time PCR system, a Bio Rad CFX ConnectTM qPCR system, was just installed in our lab!

7/11/2017 - Congratulations to Dr. Omprakash Nacham for the successful defense of his Ph.D. dissertation!

7/10/2017 - Our funding from the National Science Foundation has been renewed for another 3 years!

7/4/2017 - A collaborative study with Prof. Jon Kirchhoff's group at The University of Toledo involving the creation of polymeric ionic liquid SPME coatings using electrochemical approaches has been published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

7/3/2017 - Former Anderson Group Ph.D. students Dr. Honglian Yu and Dr. Tien Ho are engaged! Congratulations to both of you!

7/2/2017 - We welcome Isabel Camacho-Arias to the group! She is a high school student in the ACS Project SEED program and will be performing summer research on nucleic acid chemistry.

6/27/2017 - Professor Anderson attends the 19th International Symposium on Advances in Extraction Technologies (ExTech) in Santiago de Compostela, Spain and presents an invited talk.

6/19/2017 - Professor Anderson accepts a position as Senior Editor for the Journal of Separation Science.

6/13/2017 - Our first collaborative study with Prof. Alberto Chisvert's group at the University of Valencia in Spain has been accepted in Analytica Chimica Acta!

6/12/2017 - Congratulations to Henry on the acceptance of his manuscript in Journal of Chromatography A demonstrating the use of mixed ligand silver-based ionic liquids as stationary phases in argentation gas chromatography! The Rossini group at ISU was also instrumental in this study through their use of solid-state NMR techniques to characterize the olefin-silver interaction sites.

6/1/2017 - Our group welcomes summer researchers Liese Peterson, Jiang Lu, and Gabriel Odugbesi! Liese is an undergraduate student at Concordia College (MN); Jiang Lu is an undergraduate student from Beijing Normal University in China; and Gabriel will officially enter the graduate program at ISU this fall.

5/25/2017 - Congratulations to Stephen for the acceptance of his manuscript describing the synthesis and characterization of transition metal and rare earth-based magnetic ionic liquids in New Journal of Chemistry!

5/17/2017 - A manuscript describing results from our collaborative study with Drs. Webster and Ho at AbbVie has just been accepted in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis! Congratulations to Omprakash for his major contributions to this work.

5/2017 - Professor Anderson presents an invited keynote lecture at the 2017 GCxGC and International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography in Ft. Worth, Texas!

5/2/2017 - Congratulations to Kevin and Marcelino. Their manuscript has just been accepted to Angewandte Chemie International Edition!

4/28/2017 - Congratulations to He Nan for passing his preliminary exam and advancing to Ph.D. candidacy!

4/15/2017 - Congratulations to recent Ph.D. graduates Dr. Honglian Yu and Dr. Cheng Zhang! Honglian took a scientist position at Gilead Sciences and Cheng has taken a scientist position at Monsanto.

4/11/2017 - Professor Anderson presents an invited seminar to the Minnesota Chromatography Forum in Minneapolis.

3/1/2017 - The Anderson Group attended Pittcon 2017 in Chicago. Everyone in the group presented either an oral talk or poster presentation.

1/10/2017 - Agilent Technologies awards the Anderson Group an industrial grant!

12/10/2016 - Check out Analytical Chemistry's December Podcast where Dr. Anderson discusses the work done for our recent Feature paper that made the cover of the journal: Sample Preparation for Bioanalytical and Pharmaceutical Analysis (Anal. Chem., 2016, 88, 11262–11270)

11/18/2016 - Dr. Anderson accepts an invitation to join the International Advisory Board for the journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.

11/16/2016 - The Anderson Group welcomes new Ph.D. students Ashley Bowers, Miranda Emaus, and Marcelino Varona to the group!

11/11/2016 - Congratulations to Cheng Zhang! He successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation.

3/30/2016 - Kevin won the Cotton-Uphaus Award! Congratulations!

3/30/2016 - Kevin made to one of the four finalists for the Cotton-Uphaus award!

3/7/2016 - Dr. Anderson has been awarded the Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award sponsored by SACP. This award honors scientists who have made outstanding contributions to analytical chemistry and applied spectroscopy.

2015

Group moved to Iowa State University.

2014

Kevin was awarded the Best Poster Prize at the ANACHEM meeting. Congratulations, Kevin!

Honglian, Cheng, Omprakash, Ali, Kevin, and Melissa all presented posters at the ANACHEM 2014 meeting in Livonia, Michigan. 

We would like to welcome Andrea Tsatalis to the group! Andrea is an undergraduate student at UT and will be working on understanding the role of ionic liquids in the extraction of DNA as well as their influence in downstream PCR applications.

Dr. Anderson has been named to the Powerlist 2014 "Top 40 under 40" by The Analytical Scientist .  The Powerlist 2014 highlights 40 analytical scientists under 40 years of age.

Dr. Anderson has accepted an invitation to serve on the Editorial Advisory Board of Analytica Chimica Acta .

The Chemical Measurement and Imaging (CMI) Program in the Division of Chemistry at the National Science Foundation has funded our three year proposal titled "Exploring Ionic Liquids in Sample Preparation and Multidimensional Chromatographic Separations." We are excited to begin working on these projects!

The Anderson Group welcomes Harmonie Christian to the group!  Harmonie is a high school student at St. Ursula Academy in Ottawa Hills, Ohio. Harmonie is a participant in the ACS Project SEED program for the summer and will join a project related to improving DNA extraction and purification methods.

The Anderson Group welcomes Alissia Daumin to the group! Alissia is a visiting graduate student fromEcole Nationale Superieure De Mulhouse in France. She will be working on a project related to the analysis of environmental samples using various microextraction and sample preparation techniques.

Congratulations to Tien Ho! He has accepted a scientist position in the Process Analytical Group atAbbVie in North Chicago, IL.

The Anderson Group welcomes Rodney Park to the group! Rodney just finished his freshman year at UT and is already getting involved in undergraduate research.  

Dr. Anderson presented several invited talks on group research at the following international conferences:

  • Taught a short course on "Ionic Liquids in Separations" at the HPLC conference in May 2014 in New Orleans, LA.
  • Presented an invited lecture titled "Structural Tuning of Ionic Liquids and Polymeric Ionic Liquids for Applications in Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography and Sample Preparation" at the 38th International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography and the 11th GCxGC Symposium in Riva del Garda, Italy in May 2014.
  • Presented an invited, featured lecture titled "Dispersive Liquid-Liquid Microextraction using Magnetic Ionic Liquids" at the 16th International Symposium on Advances in Extraction Technolgies (Extech) in Crete, Greece on May 2014.

The Anderson Group presented 7 talks at the Pittcon Conference this March in Chicago.

Congratulations to Ali Najafi for passing his original research proposal exam!

Kevin Clark was awarded the University Fellowship from the College of Graduate Studies at UT. The University Fellowship is the highest student award that the College of Graduate Studies makes and is extended only to graduate students of exceptional ability and promise. Congratulations, Kevin!

Congratulations to Melissa Yamsek and Isiah Ingram who have both been notified that their proposals submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Research have been funded! Melissa and Isiah will begin their research projects in May.

Will Cole has accepted an offer of admission for graduate school from the University of California-Berkeley. Will has been an undergraduate researcher in the Anderson Group since his sophomore year at UT. The group wishes him all the best as he begins his Ph.D. studies!

Daniel Steyer has accepted an offer of admission for graduate school from the University of Michigan. Daniel performed undergraduate research in the Anderson Group. The group wishes him all the best as he begins his Ph.D. studies!

Honglian Yu has accepted a summer internship position at Genentech!

Congratulations to Tianhao Li! He successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation.

The Anderson Research Group welcomes Kevin Clark to the group! Kevin completed his undergraduate studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. He comes to the group with a wealth of industry experience. His Ph.D. studies will focus on DNA extraction methodologies and sample preparation.

The Anderson Group welcomes Melissa Yamsek to the group. Melissa is a freshman undergraduate student at UT and will begin working on DNA extraction/purification methods within the group.

2013

Congratulations to Omprakash Nacham for passing his original research proposal exam!

The Anderson Group welcomes Bruna Toledo and Leandro Wang Hantao to the research group! Bruna and Leandro are both visiting graduate students from Professor Fabio Augusto's group at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) in Campinas, Brazil. Leandro is supported by the Research Internship Abroad Fellowship awarded by Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP).

Dr. Anderson presented an invited seminar on August 1 to the Institute of Chemistry at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) in Campinas, Brazil. He also presented an invited talk at the 15th International Conference on the Advances in Extraction Technologies (Extech 2013) in Joao Pessoa, Brazil.

Congratulations to Manish Joshi! He successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation and has accepted a position at Ashland, Inc. in New Jersey.

We welcome Tashiana Carnes to the research group! Tashiana is an ACS Project SEED student from Central Catholic High School. She will work in our group for the summer learning about magnetic ionic liquids in sample preparation.

The Anderson Group welcomes Professor Julia Bueno to our research group! Prof. Bueno is an assistant professor of analytical chemistry at the University of Seville in Spain. During her stay as a visiting professor, she will be working on new microextraction methodologies in sample preparation.

Congratulations to Omar Badawi for receiving a summer research fellowship from the Office of Undergraduate Research!

Congratulations to Cheng Zhang for passing his original research proposal exam!

Tien Ho and Will Cole have both accepted summer internship positions in the small molecule pharmaceutical division at Genentech.

Dr. Anderson presented a talk on the use of ionic liquids in the analysis of pharmaceutical impurities at the 5th Congress on Ionic Liquids in Algarve, Portugal.

The Anderson Research Group was awarded a prestigious grant from Agilent Technologies!

The Anderson Research Group welcomes Prof. Melek Merdivan to the group. Prof. Merdivan is a Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir, Turkey. She will spend her sabbatical in our group researching the use of PIL-based SPME techniques in environmental analysis.

Check us out on Facebook by joining our group called "All About Science". We post videos scientific videos and videos about our research to demonstrate how cool science is! We are especially interested in uploading videos discussing scientific topics of interest to children and young adults. If you have any suggestions, please let us know by sending Dr. Anderson an e-mail or sending us a message through our Facebook group!

Dr. Anderson has been elected to serve a two year term on the executive committee of the American Chemical Society Subdivision on Chromatography and Separations Chemistry.

The Anderson Research Group welcomes Prof. Lijun He to the group. Prof. He is a Professor of Chemistry at Henan University of Technology in China. Professor He is supported by the China Scholarship Council and will spend 1 year in our group working on new microextraction techniques.

The Anderson Research Group welcomes Arturo Armando Rincon to the group. Arturo is a visiting Ph.D. student working under the supervision of Prof. Veronica Pino at the Universidad de La Laguna in Tenerife, Spain. Arturo is supported through a grant from his home country. His research will focus on the removal of boron species from water using microextraction methods recently developed by our group.

2012

The Anderson Research Group welcomes Ali Najafi to the group! Ali completed his undergraduate studies at Sharif University in Iran. He will be working on the development of new sample preparation methodologies."

The Anderson Research Group welcomes Jiang Rui to the group! She is currently a Ph.D. student at Beijing Institute of Technology and is spending one year of her doctoral studies in our group performing collaborative research.

Results from the Anderson Research Group will be presented by Dr. Anderson at the following upcoming conferences:

  • Plenary lecture titled: "New Synthetic Approaches in the Development of Polymeric Ionic Liquid Sorbent Coatings for Solid-Phase Microextraction" at the Extech 2012 Conference in Messina, Italy.
  • Invited talk titled: "Exploiting the Versatility of Ionic Liquids and Polymeric Ionic Liquids in Chromatographic Separations and Microextractions" at the 2012 FACSS SCIX Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dr. Anderson has been awarded the 2012 Outstanding Research Award from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Research from the Anderson Research Group was presented at the 36th International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography (ISCC) conference held in Riva del Garda, Italy on May 27 - June 1. Dr. Anderson presented an invited talk discussing advances in polymeric ionic liquid sorbent coatings in solid-phase microextraction.

Congratulations to Will Cole for receiving a summer research fellowship from the Office of Undergraduate Research!

The Anderson Group welcomes Alec Angel to the group! Alec is a junior high school student and is working in the group for the summer through the ACS Project SEED program.

We welcome Omprakash Nacham as a new Ph.D. student to the group! Omprakash will be working on the synthesis of new separation media.

The Anderson Group's research on polymeric ionic liquids in solid phase microextraction was highlighted in the April 2 volume of Chemical and Engineering News!

The Anderson research group welcomes Will Cole to the group. Will is a sophomore undergraduate chemistry major who will be researching chiral ionic liquids as enantioselective solvent systems.

Dr. Anderson has accepted an invitation to join the Editorial Advisory Board of LCGC North America.

Dr. Anderson will be awarded the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science at the 2012 Pittcon Conference in Orlando, Florida on March 14.

We welcome Qing Qin and Cheng Zhang to the research group. During their Ph.D. studies in the group, Qing and Cheng will be working on new sample preparation techniques as well as alternative synthetic/polymerization approaches to creating polymeric ionic liquids.

Congratulations to Yunjing Meng and Qichao Zhao for both successfully defending their Ph.D. dissertations during the Summer and Fall semesters of 2011, respectively.

2011

Research from the Anderson Group will be presented at the 4th International Congress on Ionic Liquids(COIL-4) Conference in Washington, D.C. in June!

Dr. Anderson has been invited to serve as a member of the International Advisory Committee for the International Symposium on the Advances in Extraction Technologies (ExTech%