We are happy to announce that our work on using deep eutectic solvents has now been published in Analytical Chemistry: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.analchem.2c03980 This work was done by Jessica Torres, a doctoral student in the lab, along with Karen Campos and undergraduate student currently in the lab.
This work explores how one can do fluorescent labelling in deep eutectic solvents (DES). Our goal for this work is to apply DES to the analysis of amino acids in the search for evidence of past extraterrestrial life. But the implications of being able to do the direct labelling of analytes in a DES mean that those solvents could be useful in more sample preparation methods and still allow for the routine labelling reactions to be undertaken
Congratulations to Jessica and Karen for winning one of the HPLC 2022 Best Poster awards for their work on “Novel fluorescent labelling of amino acids for detection of past life via CE-LIF“.
We are very excited that they were recognized for this work, particularly given it was a conference on column chromatography, and they are doing capillary electrophoresis based work. We hope to have the paper out for review and publication later this summer.
Last week (Oct. 13-17, 2019) part of the Harrison Lab took a trip up to Palm Springs to present some of their research at the annual SciX conference. SciX is a great conference for the group, both as it is just the right size to have a lot of great science presented and not be overly packed, and also because it serves at the annual meeting for the AES Electrophoresis Society (Chris is currently VP of the society).
So this meeting provided us with a great opportunity to present our latest research, and to catch up with colleagues from other universities and to learn from them. Jessica, Adrian, and Madee each presented posters on Sunday, during the opening mixer, and in Monday’s AES poster session. Arrion presented her poster on Wednesday, in the environmental analysis section. And Chris gave a talk on CE separations in one of the Tuesday AES oral sessions.
All in all it was a great time, and capped off by the SciX Wednesday night Gala “A Night at the Oscars”, where everyone was dressed to kill, and Madee got the dancing started in style.
Chris also coordinated a Sunday morning SciX bicycle ride, which is something far too few conferences have on their schedules.
This past week was the 35th annual meeting of the Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis conference. This is one of the best meetings for the Harrison lab, as it hits on all the topics that we are interested in, and brings together the top experts in the field from around the world.
At the conference Chris gave a talk about our development of a dynamic EOF reversal process. Jessica presented a poster about her new capillary coating and its impact on the separation of small molecules and proteins. Both presentations were really well received, and great feedback was given on how both projects can continue to move forward.
All in all, it was a great few days of seeing friends and their research, and getting inspired for new projects to undertake now that we are back. Plus we got new coffee mugs!
Once again a number of the students from the Harrison lab were presenting their work at the annual Student Research Symposium. Jessica and Kai presented a poster on their work with a new capillary coating compound, showing how it can reverse the EOF, and protect the capillary surface from protein adsorption.
Madee presented a poster on her work to develop a means of identifying hemoglobin glycosylation with capillary electrophoresis.