The Institute of Analytical Science

The Institute of Analytical Science in Northwest University was founded in 1997. Prof. Hung Kao, the member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, was the first director of the institute, and Prof. Zhen Shi was the second. From 2007, Prof. Jianbin Zheng has been appointed as the present director, and Prof. Hung Kao as the unsalaried director.

Relying on the chemistry discipline of Northwest University, the Institute of Analytical Science have the authorities over master and doctor degrees of analytical chemistry, and the post-doctoral research station, which is the key discipline of shaanxi province. The Shaanxi Provincial Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry founded in 1995 was supported by the institution. Prof. Hung Kao has been taking charge of the Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry and Prof. Hongyuan Chen as the academic committee director. In 2002, the institution won the title of “Excellent Key Laboratory of Shaanxi Province”.

The Institute of Analytical Science has a high level team of scientific research, which includes a Member of The Chinese Academy of Sciences, 12 professors, 7 associate professors and 10 lecturers. The research platform has over 300 pieces of apparatuses, and the value is more than 3 million RMB. The research direction of the institution including bioelectroanalysis, chemometrics and process analysis, development of intelligent analytical instrumentation and so on. We have undertaken more than 50 projects, and approached the advanced international levels in their areas.

The Institute of Analytical Science is one of the best institutions regarding to the culturing of postgraduates in Northwest University. Since its beginning, more than 130 excellent masters, doctors, postdoctors and visiting scholars have been cultured and graduated. Numerous doctoral students have been working or studying in the United States, Germany, Britain, Canada and other countries.

There are also more and more international academic exchange and cooperation in the institute.

Academician Gao Hong was born in JingYang Xian of Shaanxi Province on June 26th, 1918. He is the analytical chemist, analytical chemistry educator, and founder of the Chinese instrument analysis. Mr. Gao graduated from the Chemistry department of Central University in 1943. He received Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Illinois, and returned in 1948. He served as professor of Nanjing University and Northwestern University, the rank of tenured professor. He was elected as CAS academician in 1980, and as the Standing Committee of the Department of Chemistry in 1981 to 1992. He participated in two national science planning the formulation of basic science in 1962 and 1977. He was the first and second member of Subject Review Group of The State Council Academic Degrees Committee, and also the the first to the third chemistry member of Subject Review Group as well as the analytical chemistry team leader of National Natural Science Foundation, the member of Subject Review Group of National Natural Science Award Committee Discipline, the member of National Chemical Group of Science and Technology Commission. Mr. Gao concurrently served as director of the Chinese Chemical Society and deputy director of Analytical Chemistry Committee, the commissioner of Electroanalytical Committee of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Committee, the advisory editor of "Trends in Analytical Chemistry" , the managing editor, editorial board member or consultant of Chinese magazines such as "Chemical Technology", "Analytical Chemistry" and so on.

Mr. Gao expertises in electroanalytical chemistry. He verified the spherical electrode diffusion current formula to solve the long outstanding issues of polarography. He proposed diffusion current formula of spherical amalgam electrode with Zhang Changgeng. On this basis, he also established a new simple and rapid method to determine the diffusion coefficient when metal inside the mercury. He made rigorous mathematical treatment to linear deflection polarography, square wave polarography, AC polarography and other important technologies of modern polarographic electrode process, and proposed 19 new electrochemical theory formulas. He opened up new areas of electroanalytical chemistry: oscillographic analysis. His research received the National Science Conference Award in 1978, National Natural Science prize in 1982, second progress award of State Education Commission Science and Technology in 1988, third prize of National Natural Science in 1991, progress award of Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation for Scientific and Technology in 2002. Mr. Gao has published 300 papers. His works "Instrument analysis" (1956, 1964, 1987,1992) obtained the first prize of National Excellent Book in 1992, "Polarographic current theory" (1986,1988) received the first prize of National Excellent Book in 1988. "Oscillopolarographic titration" (1985), "Oscillographic drug analysis" (1992) and "Oscillographic titration" (1990,1992) received the grand prize of outstanding academic work of higer school.

Prof. Zheng’s works are mainly focused on education and scientific research of analytical chemistry. In the aspect of teaching, he was teaching analytical courses for college students. In the aspect of scientific research, his main research interests are in the field of fundamental theory and application of electroanalytical chemistry and chemometrics, etc. He has been taking charge and taking part more than 30 subjects, such as the sub-project of the major National Science Foundation of China project, the National Science Foundation of China, the Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education, the Key Project of Chinese Ministry of Education, et al. Up till now, he has published over 250 papers on the journal of Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Electrochemistry Communications, Electroanalysis, Analyst, Electrochimica Acta, Analytical Chemica Acta, et al.

Prof. Li got his Ph.D. degree from Chinese Academy of Sciences at 1996, and has been working at University of Washington (USA), Masaryk University (Czech Republic), and Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences (Germany) as Visiting Professor or Guest Professor in sequence. His main research interests are mainly focused on these following fields, and he has done a lot of excellent work about them:
1. Chemometrics and Process Control Algorithms
2. Chemoinformatics for Functional System
3. Optimization in Separation Science and Real Time Monitoring for Biochemical Systems
4. Fingerprint Identification and the Novel Quality Control Method for Traditional Chinese Medicine