Analytical Chemistry has scope in Research and Development

Analytical Chemistry has scope in Research and Development

Recognizing the immense scope for analytical chemistry in research and development activities, the Division of Ecotoxicology, Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), has been conducting training programs on ‘Instrumentation and Analytical Techniques’ for the last two years.

“The objective of the program is to give students an exposure to an analytical environment,” said S.Muralidharan, Senior Scientist, Division of Ecotoxicology, SACON.

For those who have had some exposure to analytical chemistry, opportunities are plenty in pharmaceutical companies, Ph.D research programs and industry-based and pure research, he added.

About 30 students belonging to different disciplines such as chemistry, biochemistry, physics, microbiology, environmental sciences, biotechnology and wildlife Biology participated in the program.

Working principles and demonstration on the operation of many sophisticated analytical instruments including Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, Graphite Furnace Spectrophotometer, UV-Vis Spectrophotometer, Microwave Digestion system, High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph, Gas Chromatograph and Ultra centrifuge were provided to the participants.

Data validation through quality control measures, data management and statistical analysis of the information generated also formed part of the course curriculum.

“With newer chemicals entering the market to keep pace with industrial and agricultural needs, quantifying their environmental residue levels has become a challenge to analytical chemists,” Mr. Muralidharan said.

Students from many colleges, scientists and technicians from industries and research institutions participated. The response from colleges had been good, Mr. Muralidharan said. PSGR Krishnammal College had three exclusive programs conducted for their chemistry students this year.

V.Ramakantha, principal, State Forest Service College, Coimbatore, inaugurated the program.

P.A.Azeez, Director In-charge, SACON, felicitated the students.