Group News

6/2017 - 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!

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) meeting that is held annually at various locations throughout the world. This September, he will give an invited lecture at this year's ExTech 2011 meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Congratulations to Daniel Steyer and Mark Silver! Their grants were both funded from the Office of Undergraduate Research at UT. Daniel will be doing summer research on synthesizing new ionic liquids for the complexation of borate and understanding this complexation behavior using Boron-11 NMR. Mark will be spending the summer developing new SPME coatings for isolating and determining genotoxic impurities from active pharmaceutical ingredients.

The Anderson Group welcomes Paulina Biernacka and Marta Wasielewska! Paulina and Marta are Ph.D. students in analytical chemistry at the Gdansk University of Technology in Poland. They received funding from the European Union Science and Social Initiatives program and will be spending the summer and part of the fall semester in our laboratory using our SPME coatings for the analysis of volatile fatty acids and raw spirits.

Dr. Anderson received a 2010-2011 Faculty Excellence Award from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. This award recognizes excellence of faculty members in teaching, research and service to the university.

Congratulations to Tien Ho and Tianhao Li for both passing their original research proposal examinations!

The Anderson Group presented research results at this year's Pittcon conference in Atlanta. At the conference, Dr. Anderson was interviewed by LC/GC Magazine during their Pittcon Theater webcast. Click here to view his interview.

Congratulations to Manish Joshi for passing his literature presentation and becoming an official Ph.D. candidate.

Congratulations to Derrick Mitchell for being awarded the prestigious Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship! Derrick is a senior at Central Catholic High School in Toledo and was one of 7 Ohio high school seniors to receive the scholarship! The scholarship pays for tuition, room and board, and books. Derrick will be attending The Ohio State University this fall! Derrick was a 2010 ACS Project SEED student in the Anderson Research Group and has become a YouTube sensation with his video describing his SPME project.

Qichao Zhao has accepted a summer internship position in the small molecule pharmaceutical division atGenentech.

Mark Silver, Carl Buchwald, and Alexander Richard are three undergraduates who have joined our group and are commencing work on their research projects.

We welcome Honglian Yu to the group. Honglian joined us in January 2011 and has started learning about sample preparation and chiral gas chromatography.

2010

Congratulations to Cong Yao! She successfully defended her Ph.D. and took a Scientist position at Ricerca Biosciences.

We welcome Jessica López-Dariaz to our group! Jessica is visiting us from the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the Universidad de La Laguna in Spain. While in our group, Jessica will be analyzing various aromas from food products using our PIL-based SPME coatings coupled with GC/MS.

Research from the Anderson Group will be presented at two upcoming international conferences.The 12th International Symposium on Advances in Extraction Technologies (Extech 2010) will take place September 20-22 in Poznan, Poland. The 2nd Asia Pacific Conference on Ionic Liquids and Green Processes (APCIL-2) will take place September 7-10 in Dalian, China.

We welcome Derrick Mitchell to our group. Derrick will be a senior at Central Catholic High School in Toledo. He is working in our group for the summer through the ACS Project SEED Program.

Congratulations to Leah Basa who has successfully defended her Masters thesis to her committee.

Cong Yao has accepted a summer internship position in the Process Analytical Chemistry Division of Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, IL.

Christa Graham has been elected to serve as treasurer for the Association of Women in Science (Northwest Ohio Chapter).

Dr. Anderson received the 2009-2010 Faculty Excellence Award from the College of Arts & Sciences. This award recognizes excellence of faculty members in teaching, research and service to the university.

Qichao Zhao was presented with the Outstanding Graduate Student Research Paper of the Year Award at the Department of Chemistry Honors Tea on April 14. Congratulations, Qichao!

Congratulations to Jennifer Dudek and Anthony Canestraro who were both awarded undergraduate summer research fellowships from the Office of Undergraduate Research!  Jennifer will be working on the design of new sorbent materials for the extraction of pharmaceutically-relevant compounds using SPME.  Anthony's research will explore the synthesis of new materials for the sequestration of water.

Our manuscript "Polymeric ionic liquids as CO2 selective sorbent coatings for solid-phase microextraction" was picked as a "Highlighted Article" by the editors of Analytical Chemistry !

Dr. Anderson received the LC/GC Magazine's 2010 Emerging Leader in Chromatography Award at Pittcon in Orlando on March 1.

We welcome Tien Ho and Tianhao Li to the group. Tien and Tianhao joined us in January 2010 and will be working on solid-phase microextraction coupled with GC, and dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction coupled with HPLC, respectively.

2009

Dr. Anderson received the Young Scientist Award at the 11th International Symposium on Advances in Extraction Technologies, sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Dr. Anderson has been promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure).

Our collaboration with Dr. Pitner and co-workers at Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) has yielded a publication in Analytical Chemistry, with Cong Yao being the lead author.We have several more projects with manuscripts either under review or in progress.

Congratulations to Guillaume Chalumot for successfully defending his thesis on April 28.

We welcome Pam Twu, Jon Wajert, Katie Brandt and Marissa Tanner to the group. Pam and Jon are both undergraduate students at UT working on research projects this summer. Katie is a senior undergraduate student visiting us from Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, MI). Marissa is a junior at Maumee High School visiting us through the Project SEED program.

Congratulations to Leah Basa for receiving the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award at the Chemistry Department Honors Tea in April.

Congratulations to Yunjing and Qichao for completing their NDP and research proposal exams. They also successfully completed their literature presentations to the department and are now official Ph.D. candidates!

We welcome Manish Joshi to the group. Manish joined us in January 2009 and will be working on new coatings for extraction methods as well as studying gas-phase complexation using mass spectrometry.

2008

Congratulations to Christa Graham for being awarded a University Fellowship from the Graduate College.

Dr. Anderson was awarded a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. The total amount awarded in the grant is $595,000 for five years.

Congratulations to Cong Yao for passing her last examination to achieve official Ph.D. candidacy.

Fei Zhao graduated from the group in May 2008 with a masters degree. She has accepted a position with Johnson and Johnson in New Jersey.

Quinner Baltazar graduated from the group in December 2007 with a masters degree. He accepted a position at Analytical Research Labs in Oklahoma.

Congratulations to Yunjing and Qichao for passing their non-dissertation research proposals.

Dr. Anderson received the Evangelos Theodosiou/Sigma Xi Young Faculty Research Award for 2008.

Prof. Verónica Pino Estévez is visiting the research group from Spain to work on analyte partitioning studies to IL micelle aggregates.