Our lab is working to understand the nicotine content and dangers associated with
electronic cigarettes. Can consumers trust the labels that describe the amount of
nicotine in each liquid refill bottle? Does the content vary across batches? Does
it change significantly over time and after the liquid's expiration date? Does the
process of vaping change the dangers of the eliquids?Our research utilizes electrochemistry
and other instrumentation to answer these questions.
Additionally, our lab is interested in looking to determine new ways to quantitate
and characterize carotenoids. Carotenoids are organic pigments that occur naturally
in plants and other photosynthetic organisms. When you see the beautiful oranges,
reds, and yellows of fall foliage; you are seeing a few of the vibrant colors associated
with carotenoids. They are also the pigments you see in egg yolks and in colorful
fish. This research is in the fields of bioanalytical electrochemistry, chromatography,
and mass spectrometry.