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IUPUI Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology adds analytical chemist


INDIANAPOLIS – The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has added a new assistant professor of analytical chemistry.

Nicholas Manicke joins the School of Science faculty after spending the last two years as the principal scientist at QuantIon Technologies, a Purdue University spinout company founded on technology Manicke developed as a post-doctoral student there.

At QuantIon, Manicke served as the lead developer for new mass spectrometry technologies implemented by several pharmaceutical laboratories and research centers. Manicke earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Evansville, IN.

“I hope to strengthen the department’s reputation in the life sciences and forensics sciences by forming new connections outside the department through research collaborations with faculty in the medical school and with industrial and forensic laboratories in the area,” Manicke said.

The ongoing collaborative environment attracted Manicke to the School of Science at IUPUI, he said. He has worked with both researchers and industry representatives during his education and professional career, some of which was supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute.

“With the presence of the medical school and IUPUI’s urban location, the department has some unique advantages that many of the larger chemistry departments in the region lack,” he said.

In addition to his previous research collaborations, Manicke also has at least four patents pending related to analytical chemistry equipment and processes. He has delivered a variety of presentations on analytical chemistry at conferences and workshops and has been published in several scholarly journals, such as Analytical Chemistry, the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and Analyst.

“Dr. Manicke’s appointment is a significant step in building a critical mass of expertise in mass spectrometry and its application to problems in forensic science and biology,” said Nigel Richard, Ph.D., chair of the chemistry department. “His ability to develop and build innovative mass spectrometers will enhance our ability to address questions at the forefront of research at the interface of chemistry, biology and medicine.”


The School of Science is committed to excellence in teaching, research and service in the biological, physical, behavioral and mathematical sciences. The School is dedicated to being a leading resource for interdisciplinary research and science education in support of Indiana’s effort to expand and diversify its economy.