Analytical Chemistry of Environmental Pollutants – A discussion on environmental and other pollutants

Friday September 17, 2004 – 7:30 p.m. at the Almonte United Church Social Hall

Speaker: Bob Burk

Topic: Analytical Chemistry of Environmental Pollutants – A discussion on environmental and other pollutants

Bob Burk is a Professor of Chemistry at Carleton University and a Carleton “lifer”. He earned his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. in Chemistry at Carleton, and has been teaching there since 1993. He is the Director of the College of Natural Sciences and the Undergraduate Advisor in the Chemistry Department. His research is in the area of developing new analytical methods for organic species in water and researching the physical chemistry of high pressure fluid systems. He comments on his lecture as follows:

Analytical chemistry is central to our lives, even if we are not aware of its existence. This talk traces the subject from some of its earliest uses through to modern day technologies and applications. Also discussed is our ability to detect ever lower quantities of most chemical species, and the ramifications this has on our lives, for instance with respect to toxic species in the environment, performance enhancing drugs, drug smuggling, terrorism and so on.