Trace Analysis Research Centre

Department of Chemistry

A bit of history:

TARC Research Lab The Trace Analysis Research Centre (TARC), founded in 1971, was conceived by Prof. D. E. Ryan as an entity to promote the science of chemical measurement. Doug Ryan was Professor of analytical chemistry at Dalhousie from 1951 to 1987 and Professor Emeritus until 2004. He held the prestigous McLeod Chair from 1963 to 1987 and was the prime mover in establishing a strong analytical program at Dalhousie. Original funding to acquire state-of-the-art instrumentation and to aid in hiring new faculty was provided by a Negotiated Development Grant from the National Research Council of Canada. TARC has grown from three faculty members at its inception to nine present members, including retired faculty still actively involved in research and adjunct faculty. Over the years the Centre has sponsored, co-sponsored, and helped plan a number of conferences on chemical analysis and has actively participated in fostering analytical chemistry in developing countries, especially at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka. From its very beginning TARC has promoted the use of chemical analysis in biological systems and environmental studies.

Present directions:

Several TARC members are interested in mass spectrometry and are heavily involved with the instrumentation in and projects of the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory of the Chemistry Department. The strong emphasis on the application of analytical technhiques to studies of biological systems and environmental problems continues. In addition energy storage and production are new areas of special interest. Some members of TARC are willing to undertake analytical projects of interest to researchers outside of TARC. Individual research areas are listed separately.