With advanced analytical instrumentation and data processing it is possible to get detailed information of the chemical composition i.e. chemical fingerprint of a matrix. This is a challenging task as the exact composition of any sample is unknown and complex. We use novel sets of analytical platforms and protocols that can provide complementary and exhaustive chemical fingerprints and apply new mathematical tools to process, extract and visualize relevant data from these complex data sets.
Chemical fingerprinting can be used to obtain a more informative picture of the cocktail of chemicals in the environment. We aim to change environmental monitoring by integrating chemistry, analytical sciences and mathematics.
With chemical fingerprinting we can analyze the complete picture of e.g. flavor compounds and determine chemically if the product has the right chemical composition for sale or further processing.
With chemical fingerprinting of human samples such as blood, urine or hair we can investigate the broad spectrum of chemicals present and potentially find new biomarkers for exposure in non-target screening approaches.
We are currently developing new and more comprehensive oil hydrocarbon fingerprinting strategies based on multidimensional chromatography data and apply these methods for environmental oil spill fingerprinting and oil-source correlation.
When a process is understood, the cause of non-reproducibility in the production line can be found and corrected, and ultimately ensure that the industry can deliver uniform products.
What is chemical fingerprint and chemical fingerprinting?
A chemical fingerprint of a sample is the unique composition of chemicals that the sample is made of. Chemical fingerprinting is to analyze the composition of these chemicals.