Kenneth L. Ratzlaff

Director, Instrumentation Design Laboratory
Primary office:
Malott Hall
Room 6042

Areas of Specialization

Analytical Chemistry: Instrumentation development, chemical applications of imaging detectors, electronics for scientists education.

Research Interests

In addition to the operation of the Instrumentation Design Laboratory, work in several other areas of interest is being pursued. A current project is to reduce table-top instruments to the size that a rat or other animal subject can carry on its back. Projects of this type have multiple dimensions: new low- power design capabilities, new construction techniques, and new software design methods to name a few.

In the field of education, a need remains for techniques for teaching about instrumentation. Students need to be exposed to the concepts of electronic, computer-aided instruments without the burden of an engineering course, all the while dealing with the concepts accurately. Tools for lab-based study are being developed with support from the Dreyfus Foundation.

Selected Publications

  • "Picosecond Time-resolved Laser Spectrometer with Expanded Delay Range," Rev. Sci. Instrum., 59, 2375 (1988) (with J. Bostick, C. Johnson, S. Mounter, D. Schloemer).
  • "HPLC Determination of Transition Metal Ions by Chemiluminescence Detected with a Charge-Coupled Device," Proceedings of the Society for Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, 1055, (1989) (with R. Jalkian and M. Denton).
  • "Computation of Two-Dimensional Polynomial Least-Squares Convolution Integers," Anal. Chem., 61, 1303 (1989) (with J. Johnson).
  • "`Thin-Layer Chromatography Diskette' Storage of High Performance Liquid Chromatographic Effluents with Off-Line Laser-Induced Fluorescence Detection," Anal. Sciences, 6, 121-129 (1990) (with J. Strojek, S. Soper, T. Kuwana).
  • "Surface-Enhanced Resonance Raman Spectroscopy of Liquid Chromatographic Analytes on Thin-Layer Chromatographic Plates," Anal. Chem., 62, 1438 (1990) (with S. Soper, T. Kuwana).

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