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Professors Ken Showalter and Mark Tinsley have observed an echo phenomenon in a system of coupled chemical oscillators. Their research is published Physical Review X. 

Chemical Echo

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Analytical Chemistry

Analytical chemistry uses knowledge of chemistry, instrumentation, and statistics to solve problems in almost all areas of chemistry and for a variety of industries. Analytical measurements are used to assure the safety and quality of food, pharmaceuticals, and water; to assure compliance with environmental and other regulations; to support the legal process; to help physicians diagnose diseases; and to provide measurements and documentation essential to trade and commerce.  


Chemical Eduction

Chemical education refers to the study of the teaching and learning of chemistry in school at all levels of education. Topics include understanding how students learn chemistry, the best teaching methods and the training of chemistry teachers. 


Forensic chemistry

Forensic chemistry is about the analysis of non-biological trace evidence found at crime scenes in order to identify unknown materials and match samples to known substances. It uses criminalistics, the qualitative examination of evidence using microscopy and spot testing, and analytical toxicology that looks for evidence in body fluids through a range of instrumental techniques from optical methods to separations analyses.   


Inorganic chemistry

Inorganic chemistry studies the synthesis, reactions, structures and properties of compounds of the elements.  



Nanoscience is the study of atoms, molecules and objects on the scale of nanometers.  


Organic, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry

Organic Chemistry investigates the structure, properties and reactions of molecules that contain carbon atoms.   


Physical and Biophysical Chemistry

Physical chemistry is the study of the behavior of matter on molecular and atomic levels, as well as how chemical reactions occur. Biophysical chemistry uses the concepts of physics and physical chemistry for the study of biological systems.